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Of Turtles, Birds and Beehives: Nature Clashes with City Development

Last night, a friend who lives on 11th Street and Second Avenue told me she keeps on getting woken up in the middle of the night by a bird that mimics the sound of a car alarm. I did not believe her, but it turns out her account of the strange urban bird call is actually a northern mocking bird adapting to New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 life, said Haley Main, the environmental educator of the Audobon Society’s "For the Birds!" program. The birds also mimic cellular phone rings, and they are “all over” the city.

This week brought a flock of notable stories of wildlife adapting and, sometimes, colliding with development here.

On Monday, Williamsburg residents were in an uproar over the spray-painting of the neighborhood’s own “Myrtle the Turtle,” which they blamed on construction workers at a nearby building site. Seen as a “symbol of the fallout fallout, minute particles of radioactive material produced by nuclear explosions (see atomic bomb; hydrogen bomb; Chernobyl) or by discharge from nuclear-power or atomic installations and scattered throughout the earth's atmosphere by winds and convection currents.  of Williamsburg development,” the incident created a mini-media frenzy Frenzy

term referring to the Beatles’ (rock musicians) immense popularity; manifested by screaming fans in the 1960s. [Pop. Culture: Miller, 172–181]

Big Bull Market

A couple of days later, the Post reported that a volunteer beekeeper from the Bronx Zoo Bronx Zoo
 formally New York Zoological Park

Zoo in New York City. It opened in 1899 on 265 acres (107 hectares) in the northwestern area of the Bronx. In 1941 it added the 4-acre (1.
 had to be dispatched to 75th Street and Second Avenue to deal with a hive that had formed on a yellow, metal newspaper box.

Then, yesterday, came the news that squirrels were encroaching on Astoria’s Queensview Co-op and getting inside parked cars, prompting residents to hire a “nuiscance wildlife control operator” to get rid of them.

“Birds and animals are able to adapt,” Ms. Main of the Audobon Society said. “That’s why the squirrels go inside and the beehives form [on a newspaper box], but their habits are changing because of the pace of building.”

The heat and pollution push the squirrels to seek shelter, just like discarded dis·card  
v. dis·card·ed, dis·card·ing, dis·cards
1. To throw away; reject.

a. To throw out (a playing card) from one's hand.

 food leads birds like Canadian geese geese

domestic geese which were derived from the wild goose Anser anser. There are many other species in this genus and in the other genus of geese, the Branta spp. of which Branta canadensis is typical.
 to stop migrating.

“We create a situation where the wildlife flourishes, and then becomes a nuisance nuisance, in law, an act that, without legal justification, interferes with safety, comfort, or the use of property. A private nuisance (e.g., erecting a wall that shuts off a neighbor's light) is one that affects one or a few persons, while a public nuisance (e.g. , though I hate to use that word,” she said. “Rather than changing our habits, people do things to get rid of them.”
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Author:Lysandra Ohrstrom
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:May 9, 2008
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