With construction for DEP water tunnel work now in full swing, RIGC members have been working and helping with changes for the local island cat colonies. Then suddenly, during the heat wave in mid July, some new local animal life also showed up at our site. Raccoons were apparently chased out of a former home on DEP land. Perhaps they lived in the large trees that were cut down for the water tunnel work.
A young raccoon was seen in and around in our cottonwood tree during the very hot week of July 20th. Board members checked with local wildlife experts to be sure the raccoon was healthy. Rosanna Ceruzzi, president of Wildlife Freedom Foundation also came down to the gardens to check on the animal. Sande and Mitch Elinson double-checked all NYC.gov links such as the following:
Joyce Short, an RIGC member in the C section reported on her experience in the Roosevelt Islander blog.