Mother snapping turtles all over Rockland are crossing roads in large numbers. There are so many crossing Western Highway in West Nyack and Blauvelt that signs have been erected. There
Clarkstown Nature Wars
Nature Wars, by Jim Sterba is a book about the incredible story of how wildlife comebacks have turned suburban backyards into wildlife battlegrounds. Jim starts with arrival of the pilgrims and the massive deforestation and wildlife exterminations that followed the settlement of America. He then carefully, with extensive research, explains the reasons for the re-growth of the Eastern forests since the mid-1800. He moves on from there to the wildlife conservation movements which gained momentum at the turn of the last century. He explores the demise of the small farm, and the massive population exodus to the suburbs following WW II. Jim finishes with the influx of wildlife back into this “new” forest.
He breaks down the well known animals into chapters. Beginning with the common beaver, followed by our favorite whitetail deer, Canada goose, wild turkey, and black bear, but so many other species, domestic and natural, are also thrown in the mix. He discusses the economic as well as emotional side of wildlife management faced by municipalities and wildlife departments across the United States. Emotions to often dictate wildlife management in this country as Election Day referendums and law suits limit many methods of possible control.
Jim’s insight as to the cause of some of these population increases are truly out-of-the box thinking, but really made sense to me. My own home town of Clarkstown was even featured in the goose chapter. He certainly doesn’t have the answer, but the problem is here to stay and will only continue to grow. This is a must read for any suburban dweller who thinks the cute fuzzy deer, goose, or bear in their backyard doesn’t present far reaching, costly, and life threatening danger at the same time as it also gives wonderful glimpses into natural beauty. A majority of Americans have become denatured. Think of how many people today get their nature input from TV and computer instead of actual time afield.
As a home owner in the suburbs of New York City, I was especially fascinated by this book. I am very excited by my increasing interaction with wildlife, but also weary of the expense and potential hazard which comes with this. I highly recommend this book and give it Five stars.
My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....