On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, Bear Mountain State Park celebrated biodiversity with an Endangered Species Parade. Volunteers created their own homemade costumes, puppets, and signs representing New York’s native endangered wildlife. Costumes included a Karner Blue Butterfly, Indiana Bat, and Canada Lynx, to name just a few. After a ride on the merry-go-round, over 60 parade marchers engaged visitors throughout the park and raised awareness about endangered species.
This event was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon this year. Rather than dwelling on extinction, the parade was a fun way to celebrate the biodiversity still present here in New York. Following the parade, families visiting Trailside Museums and Zoo played an interactive game in which they learned about specific endangered animals and conservation issues affecting their habitats. There was also a special museum exhibit about the passenger pigeon and art on exhibit from local students. This event was made possible by the generous efforts of many dedicated volunteers.
The featured photo is a parade volunteer dressed as a Canada lynx, by Karen Parashkevov. Post by Renee LaMonica.