Chipmunks in Central Park and a PS
When I was the local weekly"expert" on the New York Times's City Room blog last July, someone wrote in to ask about the absence of chipmunks in Central Park I began to make inquiries and someone came up with a very convincing answer. Below is the question and answer as it appeared on City Room -- [http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/ -- on Friday, July 25, 2008:
Q. Why are there no chipmunks in
— Posted by BRendan
I’ve been looking for an answer to that question for a long time. Since there are plenty of chipmunks in Prospect Park, I thought I’d see if Rob Jett, a great birder and naturalist who lives in Brooklyn, might come up with an answer. His City Birder blog http://citybirder.blogspot.com has been a source of information about urban wildlife and natural history for many years.
In fact he came up with a fascinating theory, the first good one I’ve heard. I’m ready to buy it. Here’s what he wrote:
That's a very good question. I've asked a lot rangers, biologists and naturalists, but nobody ever had a good answer. My guess is that it has something to do with the relatively high percentage of remnant forests versus open habitats. Much of
If Eastern Chipmunks populations ever existed within the area that is now
PS I'll be in San Francisco from tomorrow through Wednesday, 11/12. See you here on Thursday.