An Ecological History of the Bushwick Inlet: A Talk with Eric Sanderson

Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm

Given the rush to develop the East River shore, one might think the high rises sprouting like mushrooms are inevitable, even natural, but that would be to misread the long-term history of this precious and productive part of the shore. There were times when reeds were more populous than people and migrating waterfowl rather than millennials flocked to Greenpoint. Although those times may be passed, the ecology of that time helps us understand what the future could be.

​Dr. Eric Sanderson is the director of the Welikia Project and a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. His lecture focused on his latest research studies of the historical ecology of extreme western Long Island, centered on the Bushwick Inlet, in the context of nature goals for the city at large, and how we can all be visionmakers when it comes to the future ecology of our neighborhoods.

The event drew over 120 people to A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to hear Dr. Sanderson’s talk. You can view the lecture on Facebook at this link and view the slides from his presentation below.

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