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Birdwatching in Central Park

MIRIAM RAKOWSKI: Today, I saw a peregrine falcon, I saw at least 300 ruddy ducks, a lesser scaup — the list goes on. [Laughs.]

DAVID NEWTOWN, BYLINE: Miriam Rakowski, Central Park birdwatcher.

RAKOWSKI: Birdwatching is a way to go into the park and live in the moment and forget about everything. You enjoy nature; you look at beautiful trees and flowers and birds, and it’s a wonderful way to just relax and be in the moment and be grateful for what we have.

RAKOWSKI: A good 30 years ago I had heard that the park rangers had a bird walk and took advantage of it. And it was so pleasant that I went back the following week and kept going back. Unbeknownst to me, the birds were seducing me.

NEWTOWN: You're listening to Uptown Radio from Columbia Radio News. Thursdays at 4 p.m.

David Newtown, Columbia Radio News


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