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Ever wondered what New York like before it was a city? Welcome to Mannahatta, 1609.
Now, after nearly a decade of research, the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Societyhas un-covered the original ecology of Manhattan. That’s right, the center of one of the world’s largest and most built-up cities was once a natural landscape of hills, valleys, forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, springs, ponds and streams, supporting a rich and abundant community of wildlife and sustaining people for perhaps 5000 years before Europeans arrived on the scene in 1609. It turns out that the concrete jungle of New York City was once a vast deciduous forest, home to bears, wolves, songbirds, and salamanders, with clear, clean waters jumping with fish. In fact, with over 55 different ecological communities, Mannahatta’s biodiversity per acre rivaled that of national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains!
Today Manhattan is still habitat, but now that habitat is mainly given over to people. Understanding the ecology of Mannahatta helps us bring into focus the ecology of Manhattan today and plan for the urban ecosystem of the future, while at the same time enabling us to reflect upon the value of the wild “Mannahattas” that still exist in the world.
What You Can Do On This Site
The Mannahatta Project aims to re-start the natural history of New York City, a few hours before Henry Hudson arrived 400 years ago. This website serves to bring the Mannahatta Project to you. Use it to:
Explore Mannahatta! Go to the virtual Mannahatta map on our Explore page to see Mannahatta from any location. Join the Mannahatta community by sponsoring the block where your apartment building, office or hotel is today! Coming soon, access to block-by-block species information for Mannahatta. This feature will be fully available after May 15, 2009.
Learn about the Science Behind Mannahatta Go to our Science page to learn more about the science and technology involved in recreating an ancient landscape.
Download Scientific Data! The Mannahatta Project has created hundreds of layers of digital data. We will be making many of these available to the public for non-commercial use on our Downloads page. This feature will be fully available after May 15, 2009.
Download the Mannahatta Curriculum The Mannahatta Project has created a series of place-based lesson plans for elementary and high school students, designed to meet New York State standards. Teachers can use these lessons to teach students about history, geography, and ecology in a fun and inspiring way.
Sign up for a Mannahatta Teacher Training We are offering trainings in the summer of 2009 to Manhattan’s school teachers through the Bronx Zoo education department. Trainers will model lessons from the Mannahatta curriculum.
Discuss Mannahatta Want to talk about Mannahatta-related issues with other people just like you? Then go to our Discussion page. Select from five topics: art, education, urban planning, science, or general discussion.
Find out about Mannahatta Events Go to our News page to find out about upcoming Mannahatta walking tours, talks, book signings, exhibitions, and other events.
The Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together, these activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. To learn more about the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society, in New York and beyond, click here.
Read more: http://themannahattaproject.org/