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Natural Selections of VCP: Meet the Carpenter Ant

Natural Selections of VCP: Meet the Carpenter Ant

Editor’s note: We would like to introduce you to our newest blogpost series- Natural Selections of Van Cortlandt Park.  This series will focus on the creatures that call Van Cortlandt Park home.  With well over half of its 1,146 acres being comprised of natural habitats- forests, wetlands, a lake and meadows- many plants and animals live in or rely on Van Cortlandt Park.  Each post in Natural Selections will highlight and introduce you to one or a family of those creatures.  During this first post, Alex Byrne will introduce you all to some of the Carpenter Ants in our beloved...

Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park

Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park

The Buggy Down Bronx:Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park by: Alex Byrne As the Jurassic faded into the Cretaceous, planet earth began to experience a revolution in sociality with the radiation of one of the most ecologically dominant groups of animals to date, the ants. By living communally in colonies that can number in the thousands of individuals in some species, it is thought that ants turnover more soil than earth worms, provide habitat for a number of organisms, cycle the majority of the forest floor organic material and are typically the first animals to arrive to newly arisen...

Launch of the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

Launch of the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

On the evening of Tuesday March 7th 2017, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) hosted over 80 attendees in the Kelly Commons Building of Manhattan College to officially launch the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook.  Attendees included elected officials, representatives of Coalition members, FVCP Bronx Pass Members, FVCP Board of Directors and others.  At the event, presentations to discuss where we are now and next steps were made by Councilman Andrew Cohen, Councilman Mark Levine, Jamie Ong (Project Manager for NYC Parks) and Christina Taylor (FVCP Executive Director).  FVCP Board Chair, Christopher Rizzo, wrapped up the evening with highlights of...