Governors Island, once military, then coastguard, but now lots of nature!

I have now been to Governors Island (part of New York County) five times, and I am finding it to be a very interesting and rewarding place to go iNatting.

Governors Island is an 172-acre island situated between Brooklyn and the tip of lower Manhattan. The original island is the northern part, a large chunk of which is now a National Monument, including Fort Jay (1794) and Castle Williams (1811). The lower half of Governors Island was created during 1901 to 1912, using landfill, and recently three artificial hills have been built near the southern tip of the island for the entertainment of the public.

The island was decommissioned as a military base in 1966. Then it was finally decommissioned as a coast guard base in 1996. It was first opened to the public in 2005. It is accessed via ferries. I go there using the ferry that leaves from the attractive antique terminal building which is just north of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Every time I have visited Governors Island I have been able to find new "lifers" (species I have never seen before), something that has become very difficult for me to achieve in my familiar areas, such as Randall's Island and Central Park.

I am not quite sure why Governors Island has so much interesting biodiversity, especially because it basically does not have any truly wild areas, but perhaps is partly due to the absence of human residents for well over twenty years.

I will be going back as often as I can (assuming there are still some days when the weather is warm and sunny) before the end of October, when the ferry traditionally ceases to run.

Here I have included some photos of the more common species I have found, as well as a few of my "lifers".

If anyone has any questions that I may be able to answer, please go ahead and ask me.

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, September 28, 2021 13:41

Observations

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Slender Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus fasciatus)

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September 25, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

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Viruses (Kingdom Viruses)

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September 25, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

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???

Trying to check the ID of the plant, a mid-size tree -- I really don't know my trees very well at all.

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Fourteen-spotted Lady Beetle (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata)

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September 25, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

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September 25, 2021 01:00 PM EDT

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September 25, 2021 01:28 PM EDT

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On common mugwort.

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Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum)

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September 25, 2021 01:29 PM EDT

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Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

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September 25, 2021 01:46 PM EDT

Description

In the Harbor School Garden, on Anise Hyssop.

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Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)

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September 25, 2021 01:48 PM EDT

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American Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

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September 25, 2021 01:49 PM EDT

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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September 25, 2021 01:54 PM EDT

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Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis)

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Date

September 25, 2021 01:56 PM EDT

Description

Missing one of its jumping legs.

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Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)

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September 25, 2021 01:57 PM EDT

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Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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September 25, 2021 01:58 PM EDT

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Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

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Date

September 25, 2021 01:59 PM EDT

Description

In the Harbor School garden, which is very overgrown and rather untended.

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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

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September 25, 2021 02:03 PM EDT

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Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum)

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September 25, 2021 02:14 PM EDT

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Northern Bayberry (Morella pensylvanica)

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September 25, 2021 02:15 PM EDT

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September 25, 2021 02:15 PM EDT

Description

On Northern Bayberry leaf.

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Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

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September 25, 2021 02:16 PM EDT

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Sea Lilies (Class Crinoidea)

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Date

September 25, 2021 02:31 PM EDT

Description

Fossils on the bedding plane of a piece of rock used as RipRap.

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Wharf Louse (Ligia exotica)

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September 25, 2021 02:32 PM EDT

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Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa)

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September 25, 2021 02:48 PM EDT

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Cypress Twig Gall Midge (Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa)

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Date

September 25, 2021 03:07 PM EDT

Description

This species of gall occurs only on Pond Cypress and Bald Cypress.

I think this one is Bald Cypress.

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Magnolia Serpentine Leafminer (Phyllocnistis magnoliella)

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September 25, 2021 03:08 PM EDT

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European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula)

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September 25, 2021 03:10 PM EDT

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September 25, 2021 03:12 PM EDT

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September 25, 2021 03:13 PM EDT

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Tall Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

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September 25, 2021 03:20 PM EDT

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Aspen Serpentine Leafminer Moth (Phyllocnistis populiella)

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September 25, 2021 03:34 PM EDT

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Poplar Rust (Melampsora medusae)

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Date

September 25, 2021 03:36 PM EDT

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Life

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Date

September 25, 2021 03:37 PM EDT

Description

On White Clover.

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Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

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September 25, 2021 03:41 PM EDT

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Magnolia Threetooth (Triodopsis hopetonensis)

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September 25, 2021 03:57 PM EDT

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Threeband Slugs (Genus Ambigolimax)

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September 25, 2021 03:58 PM EDT

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Quick Gloss Snail (Zonitoides arboreus)

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September 25, 2021 04:01 PM EDT

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Date

September 25, 2021 04:04 PM EDT

Description

On Linden.

Comments

It was recently announced that this year, Governors Island for the very first time, will remain open to the public, with the ferries running, all year long.

Posted by susanhewitt 3 months ago (Flag)

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