In the early 1600s, there were 220,000 acres of oyster reefs in what is now New York City. The waterways were pristine, teeming with diverse marine species— whales, otters, turtles, a huge variety of fish, and mollusks like oysters. Oysters were a plentiful food source for the Lenape, the original inhabitants of Mannahatta, which means “island of many hills.” The Lenape ate lots and lots of oysters. How do we know? Archeologists have discovered tremendous piles of oyster shells, which they call middens. Several hundred middens have been identified around New York City, which is a small fraction of how many there once were. Oyster shells are so hardy that some ancient piles are 12,000 years old.
Oysters are saltwater bivalve mollusks that live in habitats where fresh water meets seawater, such as an estuary like New York Harbor. A single oyster works hard, filtering about 50 gallons of water per day, helping to keep it clean. The original oyster population could filter all theâ€‹ water in New York Harbor in a few days.
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THE LEGEND OF THE QUETZAL BIRD
A Mayan Tale retold by Pat Betteley illustrated by Amanda Shepherd
Semana Santa GUATEMALA'S HOLY WEEK
What if Easter preparations meant dyeing sand, collecting pine needles, and staying up all night to work on an art project that you knew would be ruined the very next day? Well, welcome to Guatemala’s Semana Santa, or Holy Week.
The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas.
Playing Games Honduras-style
Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.
LIVING A LONG LIFE IN THE Blue Zone
Most people would like to live as long a life as possible. No one really knows why some people live longer than others, but did you know that where you live can play a big part in how many years you’ll be alive? If you live in a Blue Zone, chances are that you will live much longer than people in other parts of the world.
ATTENTION WORLD: Belize Saves Their Coral Reef
Sea turtles float in clear waters, colorful corals hug the ocean floor, and aquatic animals glide among the mangrove roots. Welcome to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the second-largest coral reef in the world (Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is number one). Several years ago, this reef was in crisis, heading toward destruction. But the people of Belize fought back to save their reef’s health.
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a 51-mile long canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
This is Central America!
It’s time to visit Central America. But first, it helps to know exactly where Central America is. Despite its name, it is the southernmost part of North America, which can seem a little confusing. It makes up most of the isthmus dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and has water on both sides.
From golden frogs to big cats to colorful birds, the national animals of Central America represent the geography and cultures of the region. For a quick sampling of creatures plain and beautiful, common and rare, read on.
31 Countries Biosphere
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HOW TO SELL YOUR BOAT, BY TERYSA VANDERLOO
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PERFECTING A MATCH
Water resistant, automatic winding, chronometer-certified, a date window — in 1945, the Datejust was the first watch that could offer all this — just about perfect. Nevertheless, Rolex has continued to improve upon it.
Local Chefs Rave About French Hermit Oyster Company
Anita and Mike Arguelles own what is arguably Mississippi’s most successful off-bottom oyster farm, French Hermit Oyster Company.
Tent for Coastal Marsh Sleeper
Karen wants us to sail Clam Girl from Cedar Key up or down coast, lodging to lodging. Roger Barnes suggested in his thorough 2014 book, The Dinghy Cruising Companion, “A civilized solution is to sail between small harbour towns and check into a local hotel each night.”
What Ever Happened To Turtle Soup?
Jack Hitt explores the disappearance of an American delicacy and joins a hunting party to take part in a centuries-old culinary tradition.
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