New York WILD & Wildlife Conservation Society present a program of films and talks highlighting
unexpected stories of what’s “WILD in New York”

Join us June 19, 2019 at The Explorers Club

The Whales of New York

Director, Luke Groskin

Within sight of the famous New York skyline, you might see something unexpected—whales. Vast schools of menhaden baitfish swirl in the New York Bight, just a few short miles from downtown Manhattan, luring numerous whale species to feed.. Although breathtaking sights like these were unheard of just a decade ago in the waters off New York City, scientists say they signal a wildlife resurgence underway. Howard Rosenbaum, senior scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, explains why the whales have returned and how researchers are tracking the phenomenon in real time.

Q&A with Luke Groskin

A Living River

Director, Jon Bowermaster

Too often we think of the Hudson River Valley as ‘dead’ or ‘abandoned’ by wildlife. In fact, beneath the surface of the river and along its banks wild-life is teeming; Riverkeeper John Lipscomb calls its various migrations “the Serengeti.” Striped bass, herring, glass eels, blue crabs, juvenile and giant sturgeons all make the Hudson waters home. The biggest wildlife success story of the past decade? The return of the American Bald Eagle, which can now be seen nesting along the river around every bend.

A sneak peek from Hudson Valley filmmaker Jon Bowermaster’s latest short film, ‘A Living River.’
Q&A with Jon Bowermaster

Cold Water Surfing

Director, Rebecca Blandon

New York City’s Rockaway Beach is home to year-round surfers. Sun, shine, rain or snow, Rockaway locals like Louis Harris – who founded the East Coast chapter of the Black Surfing Association – find ways to keep the season alive 365 days of the year.

Q&A with Rebecca Blandon

Take Back the Harbor

Directors, Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams

On New York’s Governor’s Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, TAKE BACK THE HARBOR highlights a public high school that teaches conservation and leadership of the waterways – including SCUBA diving, raising oyster larvae, operating and maintaining vessels, alongside math and English.

Q&A with Pete Malinowski