Over the centuries, our estuary’s diverse habitats have been profoundly changed by development, as seen in the comparison of this rendering of what Manhattan probably looked like in the 1600s, with an actual current satellite image.
1600s image by Marley Boyer, The Mannahatta Project and Wildlife Conservation Society; Recent satellite image by ESRI Imagery Basemap and ESRI Inc.
Dedicated scientists and community members formed the Harbor Herons Subcommittee in 2003 to better understand how these birds interact with the environment, what they need to thrive, and which factors threaten their livelihood.
GREAT BLUE HERON in Jamaica Bay
Photo by Don Riepe