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Birders: The Central Park Effect

Written by Jeffrey L. Kimball
DVD/Video

Before watching Birders: The Central Park Effect, I didn't know that Central Park, in the heart of New York City, was a prime birding spot. This hour-long documentary is a fascinating (and charming) portrait of a community of Central Park birdwatchers and their feathered quarry, which also touches on issues of conservation and bird habitat.

The Central Park Effect refers to the phenomenon of the wide variety of species that can be observed both year-round, and seasonally during migration, in the park. This is due to the fact that Central Park is the only 'wild' piece of territory in the New York City area along the migratory route, though it was designed by and is maintained by humans. After watching this film, you may find yourself wanting to get out your binoculars and do some birding yourself.

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