Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 1 Folder 9 : Staten Island Bird Sanctuary Correspondence, 1932-1935 (pp. 276-417)

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Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 1 Folder 9 : Staten Island Bird Sanctuary Correspondence, 1932-1935 (pp. 276-417)

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Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 1 Folder 9 : Staten Island Bird Sanctuary Correspondence, 1932-1935 (pp. 276-417)
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The daily journals of Audubon wardens and statewide reports on certain sites and projects cover activities from 1900 to 1970, with most of the materials concentrated between the 1930s and 1950s.

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() I' Captain R c Stout, Depart ent of Parks, August l?, 1934. Arsenal, 6th venue & 64 Street; ew York. 01 ty. My dear Capt in Stout: I w s glad to have a talk 1th you concerning the bird sanctuaries being established by the Park Department under your direction. f i th regard to the st ten Isl nd Sanctuary in Ne Springville Park, I wish to say that we 111 be very ple se to h v e any assistance th t you cun give us by way of akin this are more useful. r have communicated 1th d r illiam T Davis o f Isl nd and he grees with m e in approving the acceptance of you r cooper tion in maintaining -nd o pe r uting the t t n Island Sanctuary. s we en't1oned yesterday this ooo perution need not lnterfe in a y 1 t h the greement made et een the udu bon Assoc1 tion a nd the Park ot the oity of Ne York O n behalf of the Audubon s s oo1 at1on I t ould like to con g r a t u late you on the work that you are doing tind 1sh yo u e very s uccess. Very truly yours, Robert llen.


Au ust 14, 1934. Captain R. c. Stout, Department of Parks, Arsenal, Fifth Ave. and 64 Street, New York City. Dear Captain Stout: Your interesting letter of August .13 has been received. I would be more than glad to have a talk with you. However, I will be out of town beginning next week-end, not returning before the day after Labor Day. 111 it be possible to see you this eek? Our telephone number here is Oirole ?-2955. Cordially yours, Robert P. Allen RPA:CA


ROBERT MOSES COMMISSIONEft I 0 -......... THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS W. EARLE ANDREWS GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAM H. LATHAM PARK DIGINDft ALLYN R. JENNINGS LAND8CAPS ARCHITECT GILMORE D. CLARKE llA ARSENAL CENTRAL PARK CON8ULTING LANDSCAN ARCHITIECT Mr. Robert P. Allen, Director of Sanctuaries, August 13th, 1934. National Association of Audubon Societies, 1775 :Broadway, New York, N .Y. Dear Jlt .lllen: AYMAR EMBURY II CCiN9UL TING ARCHITECT Your letter of August 10th at hand, and wish to thank you for the information contained in the same. I believe you realize the aims that the Park Department has in creating, maintaining and operating these bird sanctuaries, and feel that not only your assistance will be valued, but am depending upon you to create considerable interest in the same. It is hoped that these sanctuaries may be opened in complete condition by the middle of September. In regard to the Staten Island sanctuary, I want to make our position particularly clear. Sunday, a week ago, I want all through the sanc tuary. I found that the fence now up was entirely inadequate for protection, and that while considerable work had been done in the sanctuary, a great deal more could be done to make it attractive and of interest to the public. As you know, I would like to place in these sanctuaries types of birds who remain all year round as well as cater to the migratory bird. I should also like to put keepers permanently in the sanctuaries, to conduct people through and to explain and show the many points of interest in the bird life to be found. However, I find that there is an agreement between the Audubon Society and the City of New York, in which agreement it specifically states that the society will maintain and operate1upon the donation by the Park Department of the land for this purpose. Naturally, the erection of the proper protective fence, bird shelters, houses, and the placing of keepers in the sanctuary will entail expense to the City of New York. I do not wish to be criticized for doing a Job, particularly when there is an agreement that the Audubon Society should maintain and operate, unless I have word from the society requesting the Park Department, through me, to do so. In other words, if the society is financially capable and able to properly maintain and operate the sanctuary under the present set-up, it is their job to do so. If not, however, we are perfectly willing to take it over, maintain and operate it. Naturally, any assistance which (continued)


ROBERT MOSES W. EARLE ANDREWS GENERAL SUP&:RINTl!:NDNT COMMISSIONER Mr. Robert P. llen THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS ARSENAL CENTRAL PARK 2 WILLIAM H. LATHAM PARK DIGINDR ALLYN R JENNINGS LAND8CAPS AltCHITKT GILMORE p. CLARKE CONSUL TING LANDSCAN AltCHITU:T AYMAR EMBURY 11 CONSUL TIN' AftCHITllCT August 13th, 1934. the Audubon Society can give us, or the local bird club can give us, is not only g r eatly appreciated but heartily solicited. It will give me a great deal of pleasure if you could possibly call on me and talk about this matter, for I feel that a great deal can be done for this particular sanctuary. Hoping to hear from you further shortly in regard to this matter, I am Yours v er' truly, RCS:JDL


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. Jctober 27 '1933 ...... .- _!r Charles Leng Secretary-Treasurer, S t aten Island Bird Club Public Luseun S t Geor ge, S I N e York. De r Lene : In view of the final consu at1on of the agreement.between the. Department of Parks, Boroug h of Richmond, a nd the Nation 1 ssociution o f Societies, whereby the Association is to administer on behalf of the citizens of Staten Isl nd a bird sunctuary in N e w Springville Park, it becomes desirable for the Association to appoint an official custodian to act in its behalf on the ground. s we h bve agreed in previous conversations, the Staten Island Bird Club is the organization to assume this responsibility. W e should, therefore, p precia.te your fo"r mul acceptance of the custodianship of the Staten Island Bird S nnctuarjr with the understu ndi}lg that the St ten Island Bird Club ill undertuke:,/(l} To supply and erect suitable nestboxes and feeding stations; (2) to provide and distribute bird food in proper season; ( 3) to pass upon the eligibility of those access to the inner sanctuary and to er nt it only to bona fide bird-students; (4) to render an annual report to the Association durin the first week of each Octo ber; and (5) otherNise exercise oversi t of the sanctuary under the genera l a d ministration of the


2 utters relat1ne to the sanctuary should be r eferred to r Robert P llen, who ill be in direct charg e in this office. ith best wishes, I am rnest G Holt.


Honor bl J. P r co 1 ion r, Borou h of Ric o Br1 h on s. I r r c ry .. 1 t AU t 24, h I 33 ion th or h ut up ions, Will n to 11 V ry t ly T Gilb rt P rso President.


,.... \ JOHN J. O 'ROURKE COMMISSIONER \ I CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS BOROUGH OF RICHMOND BOROUGH HALL NEW BRIGHTON, S I August 23,1933. National A sso. of Audu b o n Societies, 1775 Broadway, New York City, N.Y. Gentlemen: In consideratio n of the desir e for a bird sanctuary manifest b y c i t i zens o f Staten Island, i ncluding the membe r s hip, of the Sta ten I s l a n d Institute of Arts and Science, S t aten I s l a nd Bird Club, a nd Staten Isla n d T a x pa yers the D epartmen t of Parks, Boroug h of R i c h m on d has determ ined t o set asid e a po rtion of New Springville Park for the purposes of such a bird sanctuary. Your A 3sociation has a lread y indicat ed, through conversations h e l d between your Director of Sanctuaries and the Park Commis s i on e r its willingnes s t o un d e rtake on behalf of t h e Dep artment of Parks and t h e bird lovers of State n Isla n d the establishment and management of the proposed sanctuary. The Departm ent of Park s B orou gh of R ichmon d the r efore, her eby tenders to the National Association of Audu bo n Societies for the Protecti on of Wild Birds and Animals the use and control for the purpose s of a bird s anctuary o f a 1 proximately fifty-five acre s of land comprising that portion of New Springville Park containe d within the following b o undari e s : In consid eration of t he a ssum ption by the Association of the o bligation to establish and mana g e a bird sanctuar y on the a bove descri be d land, to erect a fence for its protection, and t o put u p and maintain nest-boxes, feeding stations, and such other devices as may be d eeme d to enhance the attractiveness of the a r e a for birds, the Department of Park s agrees; (1) To prohibit the cutting or destruction on or remov a l from, the sanctuary aree.of any tre e shrub, or other plant except under the direction of a duly authorized representative of the Association. ( 2) To discourage trespas s on or disturbance of the area set aside for such sanctuary by the erectio n of suitable warning signs placed so as to plainly mar k t h e boun d a r i e s of the sanctuary.


I I I <./ \ CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS BOROUGH OF RICHMOND BOROUGH HALL NEW BRIGHTON, S, I. a11c2 JOHN J. O'ROURKE COMMISSIONER -2-(3) To place at the disposal of the Association such labor and material as may be available and desirable from time to time for the develop ment of the sanctuary. Upon the written acceptance of this project by the Association the designated area will be marked and you will be free to proceed immediately with the establishment of the sanctuary. Very truly yours, Park Commissioner.


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j J SECOND 1rrroR.NDID. 1 ON ::'RO:'."'OSED ST TEN ISIJurn s __ NcTU.:JtY January 11, 1933. Lt 10:30 u I met Daniel Santoro in the office of the Park Commission, st. George, and was introduced to Commissioner John J O 'Rourke. Immediately thereafter Mr. Santoro took me in his car,picked up T Davis, at the Museum and proceeded t o ,'illowbrook Park, where we met F H Gross, the P rk Engineer. Mr. Gross then joined us on an inspection of New Springville Park. ryillowbrook Park has been completely cleared of under growth and is being actively "developed. It is, therefore, entirely unsuitable for sanctuary purposes. New Springville Park W L S inspected afoot, and made a much more favorable im pression than on the occasion of my visit on January 5, when the area was seen from an automobile. There is one tract of perhaps fifteen acres whicb, contains a brook, a good stand of undergrowth, fair timber, and a margin of marshland that runs into the salt of S pringville Creek This tract comprises the southeastern corner of the Park and includes t h e old pumping station. Another very g ood tract in which a g ood many birds were seen comprises the southwestern corner of the Park. This, however, i s a much smaller area. Santoro next took us to P ond Park and then returned to st. George, leaving Ii"r Davis and me to explore the Park afoot. The southeastern half nas been considerably developed a n d is not to b e considered as a sanctuary site. The northwestern h alf, however, is a t r act of considerable siz e that includes an old field, timber, plenty of undergrowth, and.a s mall marsh, and would undoubtedly make a very good sanctuary a s f a r a s attractiveness to birds is concerned. It is, however, closely encroached upon on the western side by the village of Princes Bay and this fact should be considered iij the final selection of a s anctuary site. From ""olfes P ond Park r rr Davis and I proceeded by rail to Marine Park This Park is almost entirely salt marsh, with a few p atches of trees around the edges, and is so unsuited for s anctuary purposes that it need not be considered. Of the entire Staten Island Park System, the most favor able areas fortvsanctuary are included in Latourette, N e w Sp ing ville, and '.7olfes rod Darks. These areas will be very utely examined in orde r to determine the best of the three.


ME1.IORANDUT.: ON PRO OSED ST ATEN ISLL.ND SAPCTU.ARY I met .,...illiam T Davis a nd Hans L Stecher of the Staten Island Institute of and Sciences, at the st. Geor e Ferry station at 11.15 1-. M and proceeded at once by bus to Richmond From the end of the bu:s-line we walked to t h e southern end of Latourette Park to inspect the area as a possible site for a bird sanctuary. This end of the Par k lies in a ravine containing a considerable stand of fairl y go od timber from which the underbrush has not been removed. Eoreove r there are t-vro brooks that run through the area to join just beyondits southeastern boundary. On one o f these brooks there are two old mill dam.s (Ketchum s Fond) and within the upper one there still remains a sufficient amount of moisture to sustain a ood growth o f cat-tails over perhaps two acres. This upper dam could probably be restored at a v e r y moderate cost, a t least sufficiently to hold one or two feet of water over the old From Latourette Park we proceeded to irew Springville Parl-, but the area of woodland. included is much less, and as there is but little running water this Park offers fewer advantages as a sanctuary site. !foreover, i t is more closely encroached upon by real estate developments than is Latourette Park. Clove L akes Park contains a very g ood stand of timber, and the terrain is qu ite hilly and attractive, but all underg rowth has been removed frc m the woods Silve r Lake Park i s little more than a larg e open l awn surrounding two reservoirs. Farine Park and \'T olfes Pond Park remain to be inspected. At New Springville we met state Conservation Agent Z immer who heartily proffered his aid in protecting any area that we m i ght obtain within his district. January 5, 1933. HOLT.


ROBERT MOSES COMMlSIONER THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS ARSENAL 64TH STREET AND FIFTH AVENUE CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK CITY ALLYN R. JENNINGS GENERAL llUPERINTENDENT WILLIAM H LATHAM PARK ENGINEER WILLIAM R C WOOD SENIOR PARK DIRECTOR JAMES A. SHERRY CHIEF CLERK August 18, 1936. Mr. Robert P Allen Sanctuary Director National Association of Audubon Societies 1??5 Broadway New York, N Y. Dear Sir: I have your letter of August 12th with reference to New Springville Park, Staten Island. It is impossible for us to accomplish any new im provements in this area. All our recent improve ments throughout the city have been carried on w1 th relief funds, which are practically exhausted, and I cannot predict what will be available for future improvements. 1.1oreover, there are many old parks in need of rehabilitation, as well as new recreational facilities for which we have already made connnitments when and if additional funds are procured. No new understanding is necessary between the Park Department and your Society, for we are def in, itely responsible for the development and maintenance of New Springville Park, we will heartily appreciate your friendly cooperation and advice with regard to operating the area as a bird sanctuary. Thank you for your interest in the matter. Very truly yours, Commissioner


Co:rol Stryket', Di -S n t en I elo.n... Zoolot:1ca. So<:>1 ty, Cl enoe T :)!)" .. rot t P r"", 71 st : tJ nric; 1ton, I1_0.nd, ?'1. Y Cwol: I 1".V O pnroa.ched Oaatll"l abt1ut t: e ro osed 1 ct\ll"e and :Jritog t 10 morning :m.t he "'ill oonsid r Th n tllio I aee ,11n I 1 J puai 1t ao t/\!"t you can hn & nn curly r ly e.nd me .e your plane accordingly. 1 h&vo not e.a itede m.} t ip to 5tnten Ial.., nd. t11. Stout nn t .. o orou(.';'.1 1rector; bttt '1.0 e to o ao t .dB ek.. I ill 1 t y o u .m0l7 It y n u at the Uosqu1 to C on t o_ 1n[; on T ... :urt:K a o. c nca to tn_ it th ou HP :OB. Cordially N l s Robert P A ..... len, 5Mctunry Di pe otcr r ..


l5t 1935 Mr. Carol Stryker. D1t-ectot-; Sta .. en Island Zooi oe,.tcal Soc1ety, Clnzenoe T Barrett P&,:rl; at Ne. Br ghto n Stii.ten leland, De r C arol.: S1 noe talking you so pleasantly the othe r day, l have &eon Captain Stout amt pree.ented the ent1re n t o r to h i m v th n def request that so. be done B'ro."a this converse. ion wlth h 1t 1.a evident that he 1sheli\ the admin of the blrd .aanetuary t.o be anti ely L"l the hMda of the National A$aoc1at1on and the Par: Pep_?rtmont. I n othor orda 1 tor r th11t a : e not till L .. ave the hole th1nrr


r Ca ol Stryker 2 1n our hands,. el eve -e can g t t 1lngs done la,t rally, he B rd Cl..ib 11 'e the c hief bflnefit oft sanctuary en t 1s 1r lly estnb 1ehed he l nea you and I discussed. I n e meant me, I .,l_l kc op i n touc 1 th you and J. r Dav s as to t e prog.res a -;e are no.k ng. Ji :OH Oord1ally ;rm.tra J Robert llen, y D


.STATEN ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY A SECTION OF THE STATEN ISLAND INSTITIJTE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES CLARENCE T. BARRETT PARK WEST NEW BRIGHTON, STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK CAROL STRYKER, Director OFFICERS GIBRALTAR 2-0733 DR. ]AMES P. CHAPIN, President HAROLD ]. O'CONNELL, Vice-President HOWARD H WORZEL, Secretary ELLSWORTH B. BUCK, Treasurer TRUSTEES GEORGE W. ALLISON MRS. JOHN M. AVENT DR. ALFRED T. BAESZLER PHILIP J. BROWN WALTER E FRANKE TRUSTEES EX-OFFICIO HoN. JOSEPH A. PALMA, Pres. of the Borough HON. ROBERT MOSES, Park Commissioner FRANK HANKINSON, District Sup't. of Schools Mr. Robert .llen Febru y 11 1935 MRS, RUSSELL C. IRISH FRED LINDER EDWARD MCCRUM HOWARD NOTMAN MRS. HENRY H. NUTT HENRY A SHEPHERD MRS. CHRISTOPHER STEADMAN WALTER A. TYLER National Association of udubon Societies 1775 Broadway New York City Dear Mr. llen: some time ago I promised you the address of George B Wilmott which I have just been able to obtain and which is as follows t any literature available sections of the country. available on the present George B Wilmott Prospect Gables Prospect Avenue New Brighton, S I I should be very much interested to obtain o n the disappearance of wild f o wl in vario us I should a l s o like t o get any literature status of and Owls If you should have any such literature, I would greatly appreciate your sending it to me with any c onnnent you would be good enough to make. Very truly yours, CcxJ )u... Carol Stryker Director


C G'""netout, :Oen rtment o Par .. a Arsc l., Cent "'al Pu.k, Ue Yor ... I .Y.. ::: l ou :or y ur lettor o on .. ta1y 13. I noto t lO.t you 1sh to !'l c. survey of tlo Sat n !wl dB rd 8 netua:ry area u rop sentative oft o Audubon _ssvclnt on and the Sorouch D1r cto! An1 day noxt 7111 be agreeable to e n.'1d _f you 1111 cv.11 me 011 tha one and ata! e a def1nl date, I 1ll bo on hand. RPA : Oit Cordially, Robort P Allen, Snnctuary D rootor. l


; -.... ROBERT MOSES COMMISSIONER THE CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS ARSENAL CENTRAL. PARK Mr. Robert P Allen Sanctuary Director February 13, 1935 N ationaJl Association of A udubon Societies 1??5 Broadway New York City Dear Mr Allen: W. EARLE ANO .. FWS ga:,..a .. AL 8UP&llt1NTll:NDNT WILLI.AM 1-1 L.ATl-1.AM P'AlltK llHGINaR ALLYN R JENNINGS LAHOCAP- AltCHITCT GILMORE 0 CLARKE CON8UL TlNG AACHITWCT AYMAR EMBURY II ... ca AltCHlTCT Your letter of February 12 is at hand and its contents noted. I, most certainly, would like to do a great deal with the Staten Island Bi r d Sanctuary. I would suggest that at some early date you and I go to Staten Island and there meet the Borou g h Director, and with him make a survey of the area, at whic h time, you, or some of your representatives, can in detail determine what you would like to do in the Sanctuary, and from this build up a program which I can present here at the Arsenal. It would seem to me that this is the only feasible way of maintaining t h e Sanctuary. This program should include everything we want done as well as the administrative side. Very truly yours, RCS:P


. ... Capt in CheyneStout, The Aroena l A v e and 64th s t., New York tl Y Dear Ctiptuln Stout: February 1 21 It was pleasure to co1verse 1th you yes terd y regarding the otaten Island Bird I wish to verify no by un exchange o f letters, whet is to be our policy on both sides concerning the future a d ninistrution and i mprovement of this area. As you are & ure, th6re is u definite need for additional fencin and adequate policing in order to make the S t uten Island tuary a useful and orth ih1lc project. H e retofore, the Park J)epurt 1 ent has tuk en no steps along these lines bee use of dissatisfaction 1th regard to the admini stru t ion of the area. I now give you ssurunce th t tl1i s .d.ssoci a tio n will be full y reapo sible for all a d ministrative details. In working this out, we will expect to concern ourselves with the Purk Depart ent alone. It there are any tters to b e discussed or to be he rd releting to the sanotuur.f, these 111 be presented by the loca l peop l e u n

! r George B ilmot t Prospect Gables, Prospect av ue, Februo.ry l 1935 New Brighton, Sttlten Island, N Y Detir rr. 1lmo tt: Follo 1ng my conversation with yo u of sot1e days g o conoerning the o nd it ion of the S t u ten Islnnd B i rd Sana-tu ry, I made o. personal investigat.ion and found thinss oxaotly as you reported. Since then I have t u l tad tho mutte r o v e r 1th M r Davis, d r Stryker and o or three of the Purk De pa.rt1 o.en including Captain :--tout._ I believe thtlt e h ve r ouched an understanding in this uatter and th t some ork will be done there by the Pur k Dep1 rtnont in the erirly Spring that w111 result in n considerable c han ,e in the appearance and useful ness of the rea. I wish to t h nk you for your interest nd I hope you. will keop in touch i th us 71 th regard to the si tuution ove r there. RPA:OH Yours very truly, Robert P Allen, oanctuury Director.


August 14, 1934 r illiam T Davis, 146 Stuyvesant Place, State n Island, e 1 York Dear r. Davis: I was sorry to have misse d you the other day, but as it ha _pened I met Chapin at the and ho told me of Captain Stout's visit. I have a letter this mornin from Stout from hioh I ath r that he ould like to hav e a more adequate fence around the State n Island Bird anctuary. I a g r e d with Chapin that e should coope rate in every "'a y 11th the Park D e artment a n d that i f they want to o to the expense of additional fencing there is certainly no reas on for us to object. How ever, Stout mentions in his letter to me the a g reem ent Uet ween the Audubon Society and the City of Ne York, in which the Society will maintain and o perate the Staten Island Bird sanctuary. Ap arently htout would like to dissolve this agreement and assume the entire responsibility, aoting ho ever, with the advice of this office and of the State n Island Bird Club. The r eal secret of the hole thing is that Stout ants to place certain aviary species in all of his bird sanctuaries. H o w ever, I think him o p en to suggestion and thorou hly sympathetic to our vie -oint. He aske d me to call his off ice and talk the thing over, hich I 111 tr a n d do this week hile I ould like to have our advice as the one individual most intereste d in the tate. n Island Bird S a nctuary. Cordially yours, R o bert P Allen


July 91 19 3 4 r Willi'tUn T Do.vis, 146 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Isla nd New York. Dear Mr. Davis: I was mighty glad to h a ve your interesting letter. Thanks for the list of birds, etc With regard to the attitude of Commissioner Moses we have found him very sympathetic so fur and our proposalshave got som e actio n from his. D e partment in Centra l Park and Van Cortlandt P Hrk. I believe that a s long as he is in office we will h a ve nothing to worry about. I run sorry we have not run an article in Bird-Lore featuring the Staten Isla nd Sanctuury. I h ave had no tim e to gather complete d a t a such a s a represent ative list of birds and t hus f a r huve nothing of t his sort except whap you havo given me. Of course, ther e has been no time for to work up anything lik e complete list us yet. So m e t ime between no un d next spring, that is before the next Warbler m i g r ation, e t c e will cer tainly have a detailed article with pictures run in Bird-Lore. If enough people are interested in the 88i:iCtU'UFY we can always be assured of a n enthusiastic b acking whenever support of our project is required. I would like to have a d a y with you on the Isla nd but at present Dr. Pearson 1s in Europe and I am very busy w1th reports of m y trip and o ther matter s but e 111 surely h a ve a dny together before long I have not yet hear d fro m Stryker. Cordiall y yours,


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:r: It b en long 1me sl oe I hav YoU.r I ha b en 1n the uth tor a nths on t1eld rk and lnoe returning b en buy o 'C bing up h re t th ornoe that I ha 4 ll ttl o p rtun1 ty tor in u1r1e Di th eanot ry ood season? eka have pass d s1noe I st talked with D!lvi s and I am anxious to le rn ho the new Par otf1o1als ve een treat1 both at rett Park d e Spr1ngV11le o tim ago I wrote you for Uat ot the blrds obaerv d in th s ten Ial.and B1l"d sanotua1'7 I hav wanted to run an art1ole in Bird-Lore but would like hnve some notes on be bird observed 'here. Enoloa d ia report blank that es into our tiles and la later bound With oth r reports tor permanent record. ll 10u till this out t your oonven1enoe7 It is really a r port ot th breeding ason. ot th 1 tema e.e you 1'111 not do not apply io notuary tor ll land bi s so simply disregard th Kindest reg rd and let m hear t'ro you soon V ry truly yours RObert p Allen


D r De.Viet A 1 l.d t:rlp ln Florida and Texas ilu th buatl o .\O&tch1ng u th ttioe obore 1 :tt e 17 out of uoh th Staten Island tta1re I have wrttt n carol Stryker and am enolosing oopy or 7 i tter. Pl e r t\U'n thie as I have no ther. Ho1'I a&' you and S.s 'h eather as pern1,otous on Your 1 1ari4 s lt: i on ourst Ro rt P Allen


February 10, 1934. Mr. Carol Stryker, Staten Island Institute of rts und Sciences, Clarence T Barrett Park, New Brighto n s I., New York Dear Mr. Stry'er: f I was very glad to have your letter of February 5 Your photographs are excellent and I thank you very much for sending them. I expect to prepare n article descriptive of the Staten Island Sanctu ry and run it in Bird-Lore, possibly the next issua. Mr, Davis has sent me-an-outline containing the nurnas of important plants. I know that you are well acquainted with the bird-life of this particular region a nd perhaps you could rouke out a list of interest ing species tho.t you have seen in or near the Sanctuary area. e will run one or two pictures with the article. Concerning the various neasures sug gested in your letter, I heartily aGree with all of them I hope there will be no difficulty in getting all the c A help that you need to oorry out these projects. I will c tait).ly tr, to eet over to Staten Island i n the near Bnd nill want cularly visit your place t Burrett Pork. I will, of course1 let y ou know when to expect me. Your s very trul Robert, P Allen.



' I 1 -ISLAND ZOOLOGICAL A SECTION OF THE STATEN ISLAND INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES CLARENCE T. BARRETT PARK, WEST NEW BRIGHTON, STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK OFFICERS Dr JAMES P. CHAPIN, President HAROLD J O CONNELL Vice-President HOWARD H WORZEL, Secretory ELLSWORTH B BUCK, Treasurer TRUSTEES EX-OFFICIO Han. ;:tOHl4 A LYUEl-I, Pres of the Borough JOI J O ROt:Htt:E Park Commissioner FRANK HANKINSON, District Sup' t of School s CAROL STRYKER, Director GIBRALTAR 2-0733 TRUSTEES GEORGE W ALLISON Mrs. JOHN M AVENT Dr. ALFRED T. BAESZLER PHILIP J BROWN WALTER E. FRANKE Mrs RUSSELL C IRISH FRED LINDER EDWARD McCRUM HOWARD NOTMAN Mrs. HENRY H NUTI HENRY A SHEPHERD Mrs. CHRISTOPHER STEADMAN WALTER A TYLER able for attracting the barn owl which formerly lived in a hollow tree-since blown down I 4 M r Davis thinks: would be help-ful and Mr. Wort a geed to the be to plan it row $ so as to make a helpful bar er. This would be only behind the three-strand wire fence of course. Let us know what your reaction to these plans is so that we may proceed while C W A. h e l p is still available. Any time y ou find time to come to Staten Island I elhould be glad to g o over the sanctuary with you. I would also like to show you some of the bird work we are doing here at Barrett Park. Your s sincerely, Carol Stryker.


I November 28 1933 Mr. George W P. Wort 20 Carson Street, Rosebank, New York Dear George: Congra.tulu.;tions on the cor.ple tion of your work. You havo done n fino job und we were 1ndeea fortunate to h va your services. We will try to get your final check off to you this week if not, certainly next week We will greutly appreciate it if you will look after tho odds und ends, such us the inside ,ates, vhich you mention. I Island so o.s to and Hr Davis. eek, we may be tour. like to get to St ten c over the with you If you will me lutor this able to urrang o an 1 npoction Cordially yours, Robert P Allon Dir ctor of S


1 j I I ; ; i k Novenber 13, 1933 .. ...__ Mr. George W P Wort, ..,._. 20 Carson Street, Rosebank, New York Dear Mr. ort: Your report for the week end ing Friday, November 10, has been received. 'I run glad to see that your material has arrived and hope that a lot will be accomplf shed during this eek. e 111 be busy here with the annual convention of the hlTleri can Ornithologists' Union, but if possible I will try to get out to Staten Island tow rds the end of the eek. Let m e know if you ant me a t any time before tha t With personal reGards, Very truly yours, Robert P .llen, Director of Sanctuaries. \ ...31 "' ;_-


October 30 1933 r George r: P o rt 20 Carson Street, Roseban K s I., New York. Dear 1 r Wort : Will you ple'se have ?r. Freeman s bill sent here after you have O K d 1t. Mr. Holt explained to me that h e already told you that this could not be paid for days. In going over the map of the sanctuary are r Holt it occurred to us that if hnd enoug h posts we might extend the fence line to the far creek as yous ggested this morning. events I will get over a gain this week nd we cun decide on the southwest boundary line. Meanwhile, you g o ahead on the inner fence posts and the shorter posts alone the road. Very truly yours, Robert P Allen.


" 0 9 N Y. DEK. !Sm 2 14 33 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ORDER ., N ew York, N Y 10/31/33 We thank you for your o rder (s) D ATE Y O U R NO. MATERIA L O U R NO. 10/31 NETIING NP 9426 If you have occasi o n to telephone regarding delivery ask for M r. T CON NOR PRESERVE THIS CARD AND USE OUR ORDER NUMBER IN CORRESPONDENCE Youre truly, AMERICAN STEEL&. WIRE COMPANY O r der and War e h o use Dep t.




October 3 0 1933. erico.n Steel & Co pony, 350 Fifth il Venue. Ne York City. .u.ttention: r J FitzHerald Gentlemen: This is to confirm our telephone order of this fternoon of fifteen rolls of 11 inch mesh p o ultry netting 16 gau g e 6 feet high ut 15.58. p e r roll of 150 feet. This is to b e delivered a t St. Geor e St ten Island, and t h e bills of lading ent to r Georg e P ort, 20 Car son Street, Roseba n k S t ten Isla nd N o York C heck 111 b e dra n to cover this o r d e r immedia t e l y upon receipt of your invoice. Ver truly y ours, Robert P J..llen


. I October 7, 1933. l neric n Dteel oc. "ire C o mpany, 350 Fifth .a.venue, New Yor k City. Attention rir. J ...;. i tzgerald Gentlemen: Confirming our telephone oo nver s ution of this morning we ask that yo please u dd to our order of October 2 one k c or wire staples for use with the galvanized flu t rib > on t 1st wire included in the revious order. W e understand the price to b e 3 .85 per keg e attach hereto copy of the order of October 2 Very truly .8rnest G Ilolt.


209N.Y. DEK 21,500 4 IO 33 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF' ORDER New York; N. Y. 10/20/ 33 Gentlemen: We thank you for .your order(s) DATE YOUR NO. MATERIAL OUR NO. 10/17/33 RIBBON WlRE NW 13886 If you have occasion to telephone regarding delivery ask for Mr. 1. CONNORS PRESERVE THIS CARD AND USE OUR ORDER NUMBER IN CORRESPONDENCE Yours truly, AMERICAN STEEL & WIRE COMPANY Order and Warehouse Dept.




.Amerio n steel & 350 Fifth Avenue, Ne York C1ty Gentlemen: october 2 1933 ire Company. Attention Mr. J ,., E Fitzgeral d ---.. -.... ..... ------This is to confirm pur aooeptnnoe of your oral quotation of this afternoon of 6.455 per hundred pounds on galvanized flat ribbon twist lfire delivered at st. G eorge, Staten Island. on the basis ot this quotation e are lad to place our order f'or 2400 pounds to be con igned t o Mr George P ort, st, Geor e, Staten I&land. to ham the bills o f lading should b sent "-is hou e address, 20 Carson Street, Rosebank. Staten Island, New York Check will be drawn to cover this order !mm diately upon receipt of your invoice, V ery truly Ernest a Holt


.___,.. American, Fence Construction 929.-39th Street, North B ergen, N. J. Company Principal Office 522 Fifth Avenue New York, N. Y r;: Fences Manufacturlnr; at 929-39th Street North B ercen, N J Octooo r 7th. 1933. 'II National Assn. of Audubon Societies, 1775 :Broad way, New York City. Attention: Mr. Ernest G. Holt. Gentlemen: t We confirm our phone quotation of this morning for furnishing, f.o.b. mill, with freight allowed to Staten Island, Approximately 500 Natu.ral Cedar posts, 8 t long, with approx 3"-4" diameter ...................... @ 56 each. Delivery can be made in about one week after receipt of your order. Trusting we may be favored with your order, we are, Very yours, ll .. J .E.:BALL.


American Fence Construction 929,39th Street, North Bergen, N. J. Company September 28th. 1933. Principal Office Manufacturln& at 522 Fifth Avenue 929th Street New York, N. Y North Ber1en, N. J. Fences Mr. Ernest G. Holt, Director, National Assn. of A.udubon Societies, 1775 :Broad.way, New York City. Dear Sir: JUrther reference is made to our qu.otations of September 13th. and our phone conversation of the 25th. In order to bring the cost of the fencing down to a price where you can see you:r way clear to purchase the quantity requ.ired, we are submitting herewith some revised figures, which we feel will be of interest. We are pleased to quoite yOll on the fence, to stand 7'0" high overall when set, including :f'i ve strands of barbed wire, using the i!n x li" angle line posts with integral barbed wire arm, subs ti tu ting the J.i" Hexagon Netting fl6 gauge fabric, Galavnized After Weaving, in one width of 7211, complete with all necessary fittings for a complete fence 8 35 per lineal foot, f.o.b. Staten Island. I also offer for you:r consideration, a different type post, to be a galvanized "To shaped post, with fi:xed anchor plates rivited thereto, fitted with a barbed wire arm, to be used in conjunction with the Hex Netting as specified above, including barbed wire, etc., for the sum of $ .31 per lineal foot. Using this same shaped post, to be painted instead of galvanized, with the above fabric, at the cost of 27 per lin.ft. Using the galvanized "T" post with the Diamond Lawn fabric, Spec.I, as quoted Sept. 13th., at the cost of 32 per lin.ft. Using the painted "T" post, with Diamond Lawn fabric, Spec. I. at the cost of ......................... 29 per lin.ft. We are enclosing herewith a small booklet of our associates, illustrates this "T" post very clearly. The Special No.3 arm


AMERICAN FENCE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Mr. Ernest G. Holt. for barbedwire strands is also shown therein. The cost for the End, Gate and Corner posts and gates will stand as quoted our letter of the 13th. No.2 We trust that with these revised low costs, you will be in a better position to pu.rchase otba quantities you require for the breeding enclosure. Also note that due to t he unsettled price situation, all prices are subject to revision without notice. The writer will be pleased to go over this with yOll at such time you are to talk fence. Respect:t'u.lly submitted, J E.BA.LL


... } .... ... September 2a, 1903 essrs. James Thompson & sons, stapl ton, s. 1 $ N York. Gentletnen: e have your letter o t s ptember 27, and would be alad to hav e you quote on about four m1le of gnlvan ized flat ribbon twi wire. Your very truly,


THOMPSON ARTHUR G THOMPSON OFFICE OF AND } DEALERS MAON TELEPHONES STAPLETON OFFICE GIBRALTAR 7-3400 PORT RICHMOND OF F ICE GIBRALTAR 2-5800 f!Jl. q]/'_, Septembe r 29th f 933. "),"J...0 I 7 Cf BRANCH YARD AND DOCK: FOOT FERRY ST., PORT RICHMOND, N. Y. This quotation is limit d to acceptance within five days from date hereof and is subject to prior sale of the stock; and any a_grecment or contract made thereon is contingent upon strikes lockouts, accidents, delays of carriers and other delays unavoidable or beyond ow control. AOORl!SS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO STAPLETON, N. Y M r Erne s t Holt Nat l Ass n of Audubon Societies l 77 5 Broadway ew York City Dear Sir: In reply to your letter of September 28th, we quote you a s follows: 24 reels (98 to 107 lbs -91 to lb) wire 9 per 6.50 per Staples dA:-C'v--, w e also quote you a s follows o n poets: 7 1 round cedar posts /; ':h .. .-1-50 each 8 II It II 56 II 10' It It II 75 11 12 II II II 90 It Trusting to receive your order, we remain, Yours very truly J AMES & SON S .. \.. ET-JB


EDWARD W. THOMPSON ARTHUR G. THOMPSON ARTHUR THOMPSON TELEPHONES STAPLETON OFFICE GIBRALTAR 7-3400 PORT RICHMOND OFFICE GIBRALTAR 2-5800 OFFICE OF BRANCH YARD AND DOCK: FOOT FERRY ST., PORT RICHMOND, N. Y. This quotation is limited to acceptance within five days from date hereof and is subject to prior sale of the stock; and any agreement or contract made thereon is contingent upon strikes. lockouto, accidents delays of carriers and other delays unavoidable or beyond ow control. ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO STAPLETON, N. Y Mr. Ernest c. Holt 91rector of Sanctuaries Natl Assn. of Audubon Societies 1775 Broadway New York City My Dear Sir: We understand from Park Commissioner John J. 01Rourke of Richmond, that you are contemplating erecting a large fence around the property donated by the Park Department to you. We would like very much an opportunity of quoting on this material as we have been most successful in furnishing Park Commission e r 01Rourke most of his material. If you would have your builder get in touch with us we would appremtate it very much and refer you most respectfully to Mr. 01Rourke for reference. very truly yours, AT-JB


Dear Ernest: JONES BEACH BIRD SANCTUARY WANTAGH, NEW YORK 24 Sep t ember 1933 I think I shall have some word concerning the locust fence posts this week I had some difficult y with the man who could handle such a request. It is now being carried to Those On High. Great birding here. Great variety of shore birds --thoug h the numbers are not great. .Ano ther Arkansas Kingbird yesterday; here all day and I was able t o sho w i t to a number of people. Ducks comin g in in numbeDs. Mocker singing most of t he time. Falcons maintaining the biological tonus, wi t h the cooperation of Marsh Hawks. First White-throat and Junco. Hard as hell to do any work indoors. Juana joins me in sending regards to Mrs. Holt and yourself. I hope the "misery" has vanished with summer. Yours,


.. American. Fence Construction 929,39th Street, North Bergen, N. J Company September 25th. 1933. Principal Office M anufacturln1 a t 522 Fifth Avenue 929 39th Street New York, N Y N o rth B er1en, N. J Fences Mr. Ernest G. Holt, Directtr, National Assn of Audubon Societies, 1775 Broadway, New York City. Dear Sir: .Agreeable with your telephone request of this morning, we are submitting our quotation for the Galvanized Flat Ribbon Twist Wire, in reels of 100 lbs. each, containing approximately 900 lineal feet, freight allowed to Staten Island, N Y .A.t the cost of ...... $ 7 .75 per 100 lbs. (900 ft. )-= 1 6'1. oo The above price is based on approximate quantity of four miles of wire, which we unde .rstand yO\lr requirements call for .A.s mentioned to yOll, we are preparing a revised quotation for your fencing requirements, based on using a l!" Hexagon Netting, fl6 gauge Galvanized .AFTER wire fabric, which will be forwarded within the next day or so .A.ppreciateing the opportunity extended and trust we may be of further service, we are, J E .:BALL. f tP o ;-7-1, I :lo / t' 0 0 Very truly yOllrs IL


( STATEN ISLAND ITALIAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB, INC. TOMPKINSVILLE STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. 130 Montgomery Ave., Mr.Ernest G.Holt, National Audubon Societies, 1775 Broadway New York City. Dear Mr.Holt; September 11 1933 I received your letter of the 19th in which you outlined the project for the sanctuary and the later one in which you wanted to meet me at Comm.01Rourke s office to go over the details of the site. Unfurtunately I did not receive your letter until some later due to the fact that I was out of town ,but I understand that everything turned 'out O.K. and that Mr.Gross the Park Department Eng ineer is now getting the boundary lines so that you may put up your fence and proveed with the actual worko I If I can be of further use to you and your society I shall be glad to help in any capacity at any time.I know that you will make a good job,and don' t forget me when you open the place.


.r STATEN ISLAND. N Y Audubon Society Approves 51-Acre Bird Sanctuary; O 'Rourke Lau ded for Pla n Area 'v ill Be ]1enced lil; This combination, according to the association, makes it particularly Public Will Be suitable for a great variety of bird Admitted. J;UFTY-ONE acres of New Spring.I' ville Pat' lt will be set aside as a bird under the joint control of the Richmond Park De partment and the National Associa tion of Audubon Societies, accord ing ta an announcement made today by the association. The Audubon association, it was announced, has accepted a proposal made by Pr..rk Commissioner John J. O'Rourke for the conversion of this park land into an area where bird life will be tostered and protected. Work of preparing the sanctuary will begin immediately. Negotiating Several l' Ac c e p tan c e of Commlsslqner O'Rourke' s plan marks the culmln atibn of several years' negotiations, during which selection of a suitable site and the problem of financing had to be met. Both of these questions now have been settled. A financial solution was offered by William T. Davis, president of the 1 Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and one of Staten Island'.s principal students of bird lore. Mr. Davis has contributed $1,000 toward the expenses of the undertaking. The Staten Island Bird Sanctuary, official name of the tract, fronts on Travls avenue, New Springv!lle, and takes in the property formerly own ed by the Staten Island Water Supiply Company. This property was 1 acquired by the city when it took over the private water works in Rlcbmond Borough years ago. The tract includes woodlands with I .large trees, plenty of sheltering unt derbrush, open fields and marshlands. Little Danger of 1''lre The semi-aquatic nature of the land to a great extent eliminates the danger of brush tires. All that will be required in the way of improve ments are protective fences, feeding stations and nesting boxes. The entire area will be fenced, with gates to admit the public. Signs will request the public to preserve the sanctuary in Its natural state A smaller area will be completely fenced and here persons will be ex; eluded. The fence of this portion: will be of special construction that will exclude cats and vermin that prey on birds. The asso

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s ptembe:r "I, 1933 r 1111 T. nav1a, 146 stuyVe ant Plaoo, Staten I land New York ne r Davis: I have not y t he rd from the Fark Comm1sa1on re rd1ng the marking of the sanctuary boundaries. !le awaiting their not1ce that this has b en aecomplished, I would be very gl d: it yo1l could conveniently f1nd an opportunity to tal 1th M r wort reg r ing the proposition. It is practically certain that e will need h1m to supervise ... the erection of the fence, and in View of the faot tUat he 1 n personal friend Of yours I believe th tan explant1on from you to the effect that funds limited for this Job vould go a long ay to rd gett1ns rock bottom pr1oee. I should be very glad to heo.r the result of your talk with ort, Sincerely yours1 Ernest G. Holt




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r Daniel Santoro. ontg ory A enue, Tompkin v1ll s. l Ne York. D r "l' Santoro: The l tter f:rom Oommis ioner oRourke h be n r e e tv d and the propo sition ro r b1rd sanct ry on Staten Island duly acoepted by President earson. It 1 my plan to consult with the Comm1seioner at 2 P M. on onday, 1f h 1s ble to see m t h en,, nd l sbou,.d gr atly e.;pr oiate your being present 1f possible. I should like to take up at that t1me the question of mar 1ng the of the sanctuary ar a and d1sousa1n g tho layout. 1th beat 1shes and assurances of my appreciation or your good offioes 1n negotiating the eanctutiry pro3ect, :r run Sine rely your Ernest G. Holt


Mr. illie.m T. D v1s, 146 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, No York near !r. Davis: You were not only prompt :th that check, you downright speedy. A receipt is.enclosed and you may be sure that the Association greatly ap preciates such a sub stantial manifestation ot the desire on your part to preserve some of th n tive wild life ot Staten lslfllld, Copy ot D:X- Pearsons aooeptance ot the Park Canun1ss1one:rs tender of the New S:pr1ngj'ille area is enclosed 11\ ordet-to com ... plete your files. It is my plan to ae the com mt 1oner, 1f po sible, on afternoon at a oclock. It go s W1thout saying that I will look yo tp s soon as I have made so e arrangemen t forboundary demarkat1on With best Wishes, I am sincerely yours. Ernest G. Holt.


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AU st 241 1953 Mr. W1ll1em T Davi 146 Stuyve ant Plac Staten lsland11 New York. near Davis. I am a bearer of good tidings today, The P rk COlllill1 sioncr has tendered in exactly the form sugge ted th f1ftyt1 ve acres of land in Ne Springville Park nd e are now r dy to go ahead As oon as you come cross with 'that check I 11 get busy about a tenoe 111 be seeing you next week Sincerely yours, Ernes t G Holt.


... "' I Daniel Santoro 130 ontgomer, ve. in ville, a.x N tor De r r antor c an ot Qf the teg1al tni-e 1 as lgnment ot pa:rk lan4 oa.n be It is the op1n1on ot the Park Aeeooi tion. how er, th t th eetftbl:l.ahment of bird anotuary la 14 git1mate e of par. laZJ.da, and tr.aoidenta11y. the a'k Aeeoolatton lc>ok with t vor on the St tell pll03eot. eoenm no :te eon, there oioe. th oo Be1oner ehoald not set aside oertain 11'4 al)Otu.e.%7' and then uk to "3 euoh roaedure th whole thhlg oou.14 b hanctlecl y el pl e2ohang ot letters. I sm, th r tore, aking the liberty of' 1naloeing dmtt of letter that I ure would be ooept ble to our Direotora if written to 1ls by oo S.ee1oner o 'Rour on hie off1oe tationYoa will o b erve that no t1 limite hav been t. w11 11n to aooept t nnr 1tl ood f tth th t the proJeot .111 run ufflo1ent n ber ot y ra to ju t1ty th e:xpenditttr of time. e:ttort. nd money .in it development. e 1nast 1ne1 t ho ever. upon detin.i t uranoe that the 1' a 111 remain Wld1sttirbed ..


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!) MEMORANDUM ON STATEN ISLAND PROJECT on August 17, 1933, I conferred with M r Lawrence Craner, Executive Secretary of the Park Association of New York City,and discussed the' possibility of getting an agreement in legal form from the Park Department for the administration of the proposed Staten Island sanctuary. Mr. Craner is of the opinion that a Park commissioner does not have the authority to make any assignment of park lands, but he believes a simple letter from the Park commissioner would give the Association sufficient protection in case of change of administration in the Park De-partment. E G H


ORANDUM ON ALLEY POND PARK SANCTUARY BOROUGH OF Q,UEENS t NE7 YORK. on August 161 li33t I met r E c. stand:t'ast, ot 149-38 Hollywo od Avenue Flushing, L. I .. New York at 2 P M. at the Mail\ street, Flushing, station o f the I. R,, T and ae his guest inspected the lay-out ot the Alley P ond Park sanctuary, maintained by the Q ueens County Bird Club Tne Sanctuary comprises thirty to aores ot broken, b r ushgrown land with a oonsiderable nwnber of tall trees and a few acres ot open fallow fields. The Sanctuary was established in the spring of 1932 by consent or the Park commissioner ot Queens; but the Bird Club does not yet have any agreement in 1ting. The Park Department bas agreed to fence the Sano uary, but so far ha done nothing more than dump a f e :rolls of rusty wire at the entrano The Park Department baa. ho ver; put u.p pa1nt) d signs reading: BIRIJ SA'N'CTUARY KEEP OUT The verbal agr ent between the Bird Club and the Park Department stipulate t th sanctuary hall be fenced and kept looked, and that duplicate ts or k ys ball be held by the park Department and the Bird Club Th officer of the Que n County Bird Club are: President. Hen r y Kritzler, 36-a7 .alath street, Bayside, Long Island secretary, Robert Scott 39-21 214th Place, Bayside, LoJ!S Island. The membersh1p ot the Bi'rd Club consists principally of High School boys. al th' .. u h there are s vere.l adult memb rs.


r. E c. 149 Hol ywood Avenue. Flushing L. z,, New York. Dear r Stan dta ta This 1 to e:xpres$ appr oia tion or your courte y ln ho n me over th Alle y P ond sanctuary and of th exceptional hospitality d1 pla yed by Mrs. standfast and yourself 1n allowing me to impose on you for dinner. I s very gl d indeed to see your lay-out and 1t has been a g r at pleasure to m t and your family and the Beals. Under anothe r cov e r I am sending t w o ets of bird cards. which I thought might 1mulate the gro ing 1nterest of the two litt l girl in birds. I would v ery m uch lik to te l Q n e of t h l henever you come into New York please b sure to come e.round to s ee us. Sino erf)ly yours, Ernes t G Holt


Augus. t 9 l 933. Mr. E c. Standfastt 149 HQllywood Ayenue. Flusl1ng, New Dear Mr. St ndfast: I have sought to set in touch with Henry Kr1tzle r to go over the situation 1n r e l ation to the sanotucry in Alley P ond Park. under the dln.1n1strat1on or the Q ueens county Bird Club, and have been :rere .rr d by him to you, .If you could conveniently t ke me over the ground and show me what you have done, I ould be very ratef'ul if you could call me by telephone at Circle "1 2966 and set a place and date where e could meet. A e1m11ar proposal he.$ arisen on Staten Island, and e are very anxious to learn tbe way you have handled your project so that we may be guided thereby. You may be sure that I will greatly appreciate your trouble 1 n sho ing m e around and giving m the desired informatton. Yours very t:ruly1 Ernest G. Holt.


. Mr. Henry Xritzler, Regional Museum, take stahahe, Iona Island New York Dear r. Kritzler: Thank you very kindly tor your letter of A U st 6 the Q ueens sanctuary. I s hall get in touch immediately w .ith M r Standfast, and shall look forward with pleasure to s e e1n you ho n yo u return to the C1 ty 1th man y thankst I run Sincerely Ernest G. Holt


Mr. Lawrence Craner, Executive secretary. 'Park A ,ssoation of N w YOX'k City, Ino 122 East 22nd Street, No York City. Dear Mr. Craner: I em glad to have this morning your letter Of 8 -'hile my idea of a bird sanctuary is place of refuge for birds, I am en tirely willing, as I told you the oth r day, to modify the terms of the agre ent that o ish to make with the Park Commiss1on tor the administration of the proposed Staten Island bird sanctuary, I believe that the demand of the Staten Islanders for the project and the good will that ould accrue to us through its administration ould make it worth while even though 1t could no t be fully effective as a bird refuge with the public roamin g at will thro h the area. A S soon a.a I dispose o f some other matters I s hall be glad to accep t your 1nv1 tat1on to talk th.ings over w1 th you Sincerely yours, rnest G Holt.


Nathan 1Straus, Jr. PRE,IDEN .. Mrs. ArthurH. sifizberger George MacDinald J. Stewart Blker TREJtSURER! 40 wa{ Stnjt DIRECTORS J. Stewart Baker John S. Burke William M. Chadbourne Raymond V. Ingersoll Gustavus Town Kirby George MacDonald George F. Mand Benjamin H Namm Frank L. Polk Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey William Jay Schieffelin Nathan Straus, Jr. Mrs. Arthur H. Sulzberger Adrian Van Sinderen Frederick M. Warburg Mrs. William G. Willcox Wiiiiam H. Williams George A. Wingate EX-OFFICIO Hon. James J. Browne Hon. Albert C. Benninger Hon. Thomas J. Dolen Hon. Walter R Herrick Hon. John J. O'Rourke PARK COMMISSIONERS ARCHITECTS BY APPOINTMENT N Y INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Arthur Loomis Harmon Thomas Harlan Ellett Francis Y Joannes Wm. Edgar Moran John Sloan LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS SY APPOINTMENT N. Y. AMERICAN SOCIETY OP' LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS A. F. Brinckerhoff Charles N. Lowrie Clarence Fowler Allyn R Jennings C. Earl Morrow THE BAR BY APPOINTMENT BAR ASSOCIATION OF GREA'r&:R NEW YORK Albert S. Bard Morris L. Ernst Frederick G. Fischer Seymour L. Rlpans Harold C. Knoeppel ENGINEERING BY APPOINTMENT N V STATE SOCIETY OF PRO FE6510NAL. ENGINEERS Harold M. Lewis Charles F. Giraud Charles R Ward George H Bruns Wm. Merrifield PHYSICIANS BY APPOINTMENT N Y. ACADEMY OF MEDICINE Dr. Bernard Sachs Or Menas S. Gregory Dr. I. Ogden Woodruff Dr. Cassius Watson Dr. Dudley Roberts THE BENCH Salvatore A. Cotillo Charles C. Lockwood Richard P Lydon Clarence J Shearn Irwin S. Untermyer HORTICULTURISTS Martin L. Davey Frederick W. Kelsey Max Schllng Van Evrle Kilpatrick John Keur SCULPTORS Victor Frisch Leo Lentelll A Stirling Calder WELFARE Mrs. John E Berwlnd Richard S Chllds Mrs. Nelson Herrick Henry Rev. Dr. John H. Holmes Rt. Rev. M J. Lavelle George J. McAneny Charles Griffith Moses Frank C. Munson Joseph M. Price Charles Strauss Miss Lillian 0 Wald Richard Welling Rev. Dr. Stephen S. Wise George Gordon Battle Tel.: GRamerc'.l 5-1189 PRESIDENT EMERITUS C I lty, nc. / Park Association of New York MANHATTAN Henry L Lambert for the Preservation and Extension o{ the City Parks 122 EAST 22nd STREET, NEW YORK Lawrence Craner Executive Secretary August 8, 1933 My dear Mr. Holt: I discussed with Senator Straus, President of the Park Association, your letter of August 4th in which you enclosed a copy of the proposed agreement between the Park Commissioner of Richmond and the National Association of Audubon Societies. Senator Straus is heartily in accord with your idea to protect the wild birds and animals but he does not endorse the idea of setting aside City park lands for the exclusive right and privilege of a Bird Sanctuary. If some agreement can be made whereby a sanctuary can be inaugurated without preventing access to this sanctuary at all times by the people, I believe that Senator Straus would be willing to go along with you. I suggest that you come in some time at your convenience and we will talk it over. Sincerely yours, Executive Secretary.......____ Mr. Ernest G. Holt, National Association of Audubon Societies, 1775 Broadway, New York City. BOROUGH COMMITTEES BRONX BROOKLYN QUEENS John W. O'Brien Tracy Higgins William L. Savacool RICHMOND Cornelius G. Kolff CHAIRMAN Mrs. Gustave Burger Marshall B. Dlerssen Wm. Exton, Jr. CHAIRMAN Benjamin Finkel Mrs Anna Hausrath Jacob Keur M rs. May G. Schaefer Adolph Sternberg \ Mrs J. E. Wright CHAIRMAN Fred Victor Clark William P. Earle, Jr. Or. C. Stuart Gager George V. Mclaughlin James L. Weeks Richardson Webster CHAIRMAN Martin S Gehringer Chas. G. Meyer Morris Rosenwasser Henry A.Soffer CHAIRMAN William T Davis Daniel De V. Hamed Mrs. F Heinz Miss Mabel Parsons Miss Sally Peters Mrs. Elise S. Untermyer M. J Stickel! Mrs. Charles B. Wiiiiams Francis F. Leman W. Lynn McCracken Miss laura Yetman


r #.! WR EN C E C RAN ER SECRETARY AU at 41 1933. r tawr no er n r rk A oo1at1on of New York c1ty1 Inc. 122 Ea t 22nd Stre t1 N w York 01ty. Dear Cr r: e -Commissioner O Rourke at our con f rence yest rd y r quested th t I rall upon s e r t r Peter J cGO n B o r d of Est t e and Apport icmnent and discuss


the l gal aspects uf the situation. Th1s I 41dt and was ln .... torm d by Mr.. oGo n that in hi opinion comm1ss1oner oRourke dGea not bave authoti 'tY to eQign park lands fol" the purpose 1nd1c ted. H ugge'sted, howev ra that Conunissioner O'Rourke apply to t he Corpor tion Counael tor an.opinion. I taki g libetty of l Ying th1s hole matter b ef.or you 1 t h e hope ou a7 b a le te sugge t procedure t .b. t will allow us to c rry out the ishes of the Staten Islander for a bird anct ry, nd t tb.e sam. t e arantee us su:f f1c1ent tenul' te ma e expend 1 tures tor develop -ment orth while. pro inent m ber O f the Staten Is1an4 Institute of rt and sctencea h s pledged 1.000 to rd such d velopment xpense, nd it is only tura.l th t hould wish the.t hi a fund and our tim e 111 not b a$t d. xt i:t you ye terd in our quandary


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, I ," l I j I I I ii '.' ( I I ,f ,' b". Henry Kri tzler, r idont. Que n county Bird Club, 36 27 216th street, B ya1d tone I land Dear r Kritzler: s\ I s very much 1ntereste to loarn yesterday tro M ta enoe s crotary of the ark ASsoci tion of Ne York Oity that you had obt 1ned th us of certain p rk land in ueena tor the development Qf a bird sanctuary. e hnve been request d by residents of Staten Island to do h t app rently you h ve already co plished, and I should gre t ly lik to know th nature of your agr cment ith the P rk comm1ss1ort. Do you h ve any agre nt in riting that giv s you legal tenure to the park land you are develop1n ? If ao, I should v ry much aprcciat a copy of the document Your fath r info ed me over th t lephone this ornin th t you re out or town and do not expect to return until th nd or Ausust. A the tter is rath r urgent 1th us, could you sugg at someone in Queenswho could conduct me over your sanctuary and toll me s eth1ng about ho you ent about its establishment? & hen you r turn to the City I should like very uoh if you ould call on me at the office a I sur would find a grea t deal to talk about. V ry truly y ours, Ernest G. Holt.


. r, Dan 1 o ntoro, 130 Montgomery A-Venue. T pld.n vil1 s 1,, Ne York. Dear Mr. a tOl"O i X h v your letter Of July 31, and sh 11 be on hand tor he co ... r no 1th yo nd conunis ion r oRourke at oclock Thur y morn1ng 1n th com. mi s1onora ort10 With b t Wishes, I Sinoera'.t yours, Ern st G. ol


IOHN J. O'ROURKE COMMISSIONER CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF PARKS BOROUGH OF RICHMOND BOROUGH HALL NEW BRIGHTON,&. I. July 31,1933. Mr. Ernest G. Holt, 1775 Broadway, New York City. Dear Sir: Your communication of the 2 9th inst. has been received. If you can call Thursday morning at 9;00 o'clock, we will b@ very glad to see you. truly your


J'Uly 29 I 1933, r .. Daniel Santoro, 130 Mont gocery Avenue Tompkinsv1lle, s. I'.l, N Y. Dea r Mr. Santoro i Having t les. t in so m e measure cleaned up the work a ocumul ted on my desk during my recent absence in the South, I would now be glad to c o ahead 1th the plans :for the esta.bl1 slun nt of the Staten I .. l and Bird sanctuary. I could run over any day next eek th( t v ould be convenient for you and Commissioner O'Rourke, but ould prefer some day about the middle ot the week i f that ould suit you just -as well. Please drop .me e. line and set the date. Sincerely yours, Ernest G Holt.


Mr. Wtll1am 'l.'. 146 stuyve a.nt P le.c Staten Island New York, Dear M r Davts: Your letter ot July 11 to Mr. Allen arrived this morning, and rather suspecting that something 1n it concerned took the liberty ,of opening it as Allen is on his nr. chap1n s writeup of the propo ed eanotuaey is very good indeed. also find on my desk e. letter from r. santo:ro ta ting that the Park OommiaEJiont>r 1 r ady to go ahead with the project. so o shall get together just as soon as I am able to clear my desk of a little of the j'unk that cove:ra 1 t I got bac k just a few days ago and do not yet kno here I stand with the world With the very be t or iahes, I am sincerely yours, Ernest G Holt



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' t Zfr IJ.3..3 STATEN ISLAND N. Y., WEDNESDAY, JU N E ,28, 193:! A Bird Sanctuary for Staten Island Todays Visiting Editor-Dr. James P. Chapin Associate Curator of Birds, American Museum of Natural History. A Refuge for Wild Life Is Proposed RENEWED interest in a to Staten Island, which may well be expected to en hance real estate values and stimulate business, again brings to mind the striking changes we have witnessed in our borough. In its best interests, some other ad vances must go hand in hand with improvements in transportation. During recent years New York City has very wisely increased the area of Staten Island's public parkland to the generous total of 2,205 acres, providing recreational space in advance for the expected increase in population. In these patk golf courses and playgrounds are being developed, and it has been proposed to set aside a section of the New Springville Park as a bird sanc tuary. Why should birds be granted a share in our The reasons are good and sufficient. Sil ver-voiced wood thrushe& and gorgeous cardinals must abdicate when un derbrush and thickets dis-appear. Red-winged black birds flee before the filling of marshes, and bobo links vanish when the daisy field becomes a putting green. As the free areas of our Island are used more intensively for human recreation, there is danger that even in our remaining woodlands the birds will steadily lose room and safety for their feeding and nesting. An. num' ber of our citizens find most satisfying recreation in the study of nature. The cultural value of outdoor biology is beyond dispute. Many of us may be able to enjoy a short vacation far from the crowded city, but the greater part of our year must be spent close to business Some portion of our parks should there fore remain in as wild a condition as possible, in fairness to those who do not care to play games or to stroll amid lawns and formal gardens. To insure the perpetua-. tion of natural woodland, with its noble trees, its tangled undergrowth, and its wild flowers, is to pro vide security for birds and many lesser wild creatures. A bird sanctuary must of necessity be a tree sanctuary, a wild flower preserve, and it will naturally become a refuge for wild life in so far as this can be preserved within the limits of a great city. When the Bronx began to build up, a great, park was set aside where patches of splendid woods now stand intact in close proximity to conservatories, menageries, and crowded highways. On our Island certain private lan.ds, such as the Moravian Cemetery and the Ben ham-Seaman Estate near R i c h mond, demonstrate the success of efforts to provide a safe home for birds. They have become places of pilgrim age for bird students the whole city. The proposal for the new sanctuary originated with the beloved naturalist and historian of Staten Island, William T. Da vis For this laudable purpose Park Commission er John J. O Rourke has suggested a section of the 163 acres composing the New Springville Park, and negotiations are in progress with the Nation al Association of .Audubon Societies as to measures to be taken for its preserva tion. There are many who desire to improve their acquaintance with our birds. The value of such a sanctuary will grow steadily with the development of our ough.

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... "' Mr. D niel Santoro. Staten I land Ta aye1s Assoe1at1on, 130 ontgomery .. 'l,ompk1nsv1lle, s l, New York. Dear Mr. Santoro. Replying to your tavor of June 7, ndd:resaed to Mr. Ernee. t G Holt, permit. me to say that the l tter as forwarded to him in Florida wbero be, is on a fteld trip for the Association Please ao.cept th1s note as e.n ckno ledgement ot your l tter to hich r. Holt 111 g1ve attention upon his return to the office, which ill be some time this month. Cordially yours, T, Gilbert Pear on

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f J THIS AGRE:EMENT made the day of 1933, between the Department of Parks, Borough of Richmond, City of New York, hereinafter described as the party of the first part, and the National I Association of A udubon societies for the Protection of Birds and Animals, having its principal office and place of doing business a t 1??5 Broadway, Boroug h of Manhattan, New Yor k City, hereinafter described as the party o f the second part, W ITl'J-;b?SETH: 1 That t h e party of the first part the second part (in consideration o f its using the party of e same f o r the L::. __ purposeshereinafter set forth) the to the use and control during his nt for the purposesof a b i r d sanctuary o y acres of land comprising t h e southeastern Park, more par-ticularly described as A' 9"l' r 2 The t part agrees to exercise any police power to prevent the unauthorized cutting or destru on, or emoval from, the said premises of any tree, I or plant hereon excep t under the direction of a of the party of the second part, and / further agrees to discourage in every way possible trespass on or disturbance of the area set aside for such santuaryo 3 The party of the second part agrees at its own expense to erect a fence around the designated area in order to protect the sam e as far as possible from cats and dogs and in order to provide seclusion for bird l i f e in such sanctuary. 4 It is furthe r agreed that the gates of such fenced enclosure

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I ( I ST.A EN ISLAND TAXPAYER ASSOCIATION 130 Montgomery Avenue Tomplcinsvillle S. I. H. Y. June '7, 1933. Mr. Ernest G. Holt, National Association of Audubon Societies, 17'75 Broadway, New York, N.Y. Dear Mr. Holt: I called your office relative to the proposed New Springville Bird Sanctuary, but found that you was out of town on a survey. I took the matter up with Commissioner O'Rourke, who told me everything was o.K. and that you would proceed with your plans for the Sanctuary, in fact, he is pleased to establish a Sanctuary and I believe he will go along in every way to further the project. Upon your return, please get in touch with Commissioner 0'Rourke and leave word there for me if you want me present to arrange final details.

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I J '' J, ... .,...:. ... / ; : / ; : ;: i 2 \. sy,11 be kept locked, but shall be opened to students whom the p:i.rty of the second part through its representative shall be satisfied are bona-fide bird students, and that duplicate keys to such gate shall be held by the party of the first part. 5 To that end the party of the some person or persons in the Town Sprihg1.rille, or both, who. shall purposes set.out 6 The party of ises such to further perform su I attractiveness of th .sanctuary part will designate as the r for any other purposeso agrees to erect on said prem-as to it may seem wise, and in its opinion enhance the including the planting of fruit-bearing tent that in the administration of such the1welfa birds shall be given first consid-eration. shall remain in full force and effect for a period o s from the date hereof but may be terminated at any time thereafter by either party on sixty days written notice to the other party. HTNESS the execution of this instrument in duplicate the day and year first above written.

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April 2 8 1933. !r. 1lliam T Davis, 146 stuyv aant street, st. eorge, r., Ne York Dear .!r D vis: I have not yet had a response rrom r s ntoro rc>erding tho agreement for the propo ed st ten I land eanotu ry. but I must l e ve within a o ou le of d ys to insp ct our southern nctu ri o r re d to o head henevor the Park commia 1oner is, nd I should be rateful if you ould ju t keep an eye on things bile I way. I hall et in tou c h 1th you as soon a s I coma bac k 1th the very b st of ishes, I am Sincerely yours, Ernest G olt.

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. April 28, 1933 r. Che.:rl e Leng Public }. useum, Staten Island Ne York. De r f r Lon : I have yo r letter of April 27, and am very apprec1 tive ot your invitation to present the sanctuary project at your annual eetin on ay 24. Unfortunately, however, I amlcaving in a couple of days on an inspection tour ot our south rn sanctu r1es and 1.t will not, be possible tor me to. et back in time to meet with you. This I re ret v ry much, b t you may bo sure that I shall do everything p ossible to put over the Staten Island proposition. Sincerely yo urs, rnest G Holt.

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.. &tntru C!Iluh DEVOTED to the CONSE R VATI O N o f BIRD LIFE on S TATEN I S LAN D HOW ARD H CLE A VES, P re si d ent W ILLIAM T DA VIS F irst Vic e-President MRS H M TRENCH, Seco n d V icePres i d e n t MRS L A DREYFUS Third V ic ePr es ident Dr. FRANK A STRAUSS F o u rth Vice-Pr esi dent C AROL S TRYKE R field Secre tary 'iJIUVv 1nf J/t>Lf; C. W LENG, Sec r e tary-Treasur e r Public Museum Srat e n Island, N Y Cor W all Streetand Sruyvesant Pla c e x_ dtdift -iLvd uAu lWUIJ rrn.edi:J M 'H 4, CIJu/d add daJ-t!/ domL-of ;tk_ () lizu tfJr&d /jk dacf tif "7"1' {+,{_ /tJu / a mf !U':!:J jt.bvtmf for -J' no 1J4!ll !!an )721./ J

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Mr. illiam T DaV1s, 146 stuyvea nt Place, Staten Island, Ne York D e r r Davis: P1ease pardon my delay 1n acknowledgi ng your l tters of A pril 16 and 17 And a ain l t me assure you that I requested a written promise from y o u r egarding the l,ooo donation solely th t I might h a ve all documents in order hen they presented to our Board of Direotora for action. you n o darn e l l th t I n ev e r had any notion that you m i ght nt to era fish. so far I h v he ard noth1n from arty of the First Par Perhap s the enolo ed ping indicates tha t their a r e occu pied othe r matters ju t n o I 1th very bes t 1shes, I am Sincerely yours th clip 1th Ernest G Holt.

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April 1 4 1933 D n1el s ntoro, 130 ontgomery venue, Tompkin ville, s I., No York nee.r r. santoro: I nclo tentative draft of the kind of a reement e w o uld like to make 1th the Park Department for the administration of the proposed Staten Island Bird Sanctuary. I should be rateful if you would discuss this dr ft ith the commissioner and soerta1n hether it meets 1th his pproval. Should there be any d etails that you ould like to discuss et some length I could arr n to oo e over almost ny day next eok th t you miht name 1th best wishe I am Sincerely yours, Ernest G Holt.

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pril 14, 1933 r 1111am T. navis, 146 stuy
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THI S AGR]."'EM:Plfr made the day of 1935, between the Department of Parks, Borough of Richmond, City of New ork hereinafter described as the party of th.a f1rst part1 and the National ASSOC1at1on Of A udubon SOOieties for the Protaotion of \ Vild Birds e.nd Animals, having its pr1noipal office end 'place o'f do1ng business at 1 ?75 Broadway Borough of Manhattan, New York City, hereinafter described as the party of the second part, W ITNESSETH; l. Tha t the party or the first part grants to the party of the second pert (in consideration of 1ta using the same for the purposes hereinafter set forth) the exclusive right and privilege to the use and control during the term of this agreement fol" the purposes of a bird sanctuary or approximately acres of land o prising the southeastern part of New Sp:Pingville Park, more par ticularly deaeribed as follows: 2. The party of the f'irst p rt agrees to exercise any police po e:r which 1 t may pos,sees in to prevent the unauthor ized cutting o r deetruct1on on. Or removal from, the said premises of any tree,. shrubbery or plant l1fe theredh except under the direction of a duly authorized representative of the party oft he second part, and further agr .eee to discourage in every way possible trespass On or disturbance of the area set aside for such sanctuary. The party ot the second part a gree$ at its own expense to fu:rnish a fence to:r the designated area 1n order to protect the

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..... 2 same as far as possible tx-om cats and dogs and 1n order to provide seclusion for bird lif e in such sanctuary,. 4. It 1s further agreed that the gates Gf sueh renc$d enclosure shall be kept locked, but shall be opened to students whom the party ot the se cond part through 1 ta rep resentat1 ve shell be sat!$f1.ed ere b()na-fide bird students, and that dup1.1cate keys to such gate shall be held by the party ot the first part-. 6. To that end the party of.the second part will designate some pers on or persons in the Township .of st. George or New Springville, or both, ho shall represent it as its agent for the purposes .set out in the prececting sEHrtion or for any other purposes. 6. T he party of the second part a;grees to erect on said premises sueh bi.rd. boxes and feeding stations as to it may seem wise, and to further perform such other acts e.s may ln its opinion enhance the attractiveness of' the sanctuary to b1rds1 including the planting of fruit-bearing shrubbery, to the 1ntent that in the ad.ministration of such sanctuary the welfare of the birds shall be given firet con ... sideration, ?11 This agreement ahall :remain 1n full force and effect for e. period of five years trom the date hereo;f but 1'.D.ay be terminated at any time thereafter by either party on s1xty'days written notice to.the other party. W I1'NESS the execution of thi S instrument in duplicate the day and year first above written.

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.. ii..,, ,-1 ..., 1 I .. .... .. Mr. Ernest G. Holt 1775 Broadway York City Dear lVIr Holt: LAW OFFICES OF SAMUEL T. CARTER,.JR. TRINITY BUILDING Ill BROADWAY NEW YORK I return herewith the draft agreement which accompanied your letter of yesterday' s date and herewith enclose a redraft of the same In the final agreement of course a more particular de-scription of the property should be included. Confirming what I said over the telephone this morning I would say that it seems to me important, when the Ass ociation enters into this arrangement, that a public liability policy should be taken out to protect it against any possible claims arising out of accidents on the property. There would seem to be no necessity for employers liability insurance as I understand that you do not plan to employ any one on the sanctuary I l ... "" i

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1 \ THIS AGREEMENT made the day of 1933, between the Department of Parks, Borough of Ricbmond ,City of New York, herein-after described as the party of the first part, and the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals, having its principal office and place of doing business at 1775 Broadway, Borough of Manhattan, New York City, hereinafter described as the party of the second part, WITNESSETH: 1 That the party of the firs t part grants to the party of the second part (in consideration of its using the same for the purposes hereinafter set forth) the exclusive right and privilege to the use and control during the term of this agreement for the purposes of a bird sanctuary of approximately acres of land comprising the southeastern part of New S pringville Park, more par-ticularly described as follows: 2 The party of the first part agrees to exercise any police power which it may possess in order to prevent the unauthorized cutting or d estruction on, or removal from, the said premises of any tree, shrubbery, or plant life thereon excep t under the direction o f a duly authorized representative of the party of the second part, and further agrees to discourage in every way possible trespass on or disturbance of the area set aside for such sanctuary. The of the second part agrees at its own expense to )"erect a fence pround the designated area in order to protect the same as far as possible from cats and dogs and in order to provi de seclusion for bird life in such sanctuary. 4 It is further agreed that the gates of such fenced enclosure shall be kep t locked,. but shall be opened to students whom the party of

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-2-the second part through its representative shall be satisfied are bona-fide bird students, and that duplicate keys to such gate shall be held by the party of the first part. 5 To that end the party of the second part will desig-nate some person or persons in the Township of St. George, or New or both, who shall represent it as its agent for the purposes set out in the preceding section, or for any other purposes. 6 The party of the second part agrees to erect on said prem-ises such bird boxes and feeding stations as to it may seem wise, and to further perfo rm .such other acts as may in its opinion enhance the attractiveness of the sanctuary to birds, including the planting of fruit-bearing shrubbery, t o the intent that in the administration o f such sanctuary the welfare of the birds shall be given first consid-eration. ? This agreement shall remain in full f orce and effect for a period of five years fro m the date hereof but may be terminated at any time thereafter by either party on sixty days written notice t o the other party. the execution of this instrument in duplicate the day and year first above written.

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AGREE:t\:ENT BET'.Th'EN D EP ARTI1IEl\TT OF PARKS, BOROUGH OF RICHMOND, CITY OF YORK, AND SSOCIATIO N OF AUDUBON SOCIE T IES OF YORK AGREEMENT, made the day of 1933, be-tween the Department of Parks Borough of Richmond City of New Yor k (hereinafter c alled the first party), and the National Association of Audubon Societies, having its principal office at 1775 Broadway ew York, state of New Yor k (hereinafter called the second party). for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a bird sanctuary 9n Staten Island, it is mutually agreed as follows: I That the first party grants to the second party the exclusive right and privileg e to use and control during the life of this a greement approximately acres of land comprising the southeastern part of New Springville Par k to wit: II. That the first party agrees specifically that no tree, shrub, or othe r plant shall be cut or destroyed on or remove d from, the designated area, excep t under the direction of a duly authorized representative of the second party ; and the first party further agrees to exercise a n y police power it may possess preven t the unauthorized cutting or destruction on, or removal from the sanctuary of any plant life thereon; and to d1scourage in every way possible, trespass on or disturbance o f the area set aside for birds.

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2 -III. That the second party agrees to suppl y a fence for the designated area in order to protec t it insofar as possible from cats and dogs and provide wherein the birds may feed rest., and breed as free as possible from human disturbance. IV That the gates of the fenced enclosure shall be kept locked, but shall be opened to bona-fide bird students at their request upon the local representative of the second party. v That the second party shall designate some person or perso n s in St. George, or New Springville, or both, cto'repre sent it for the purposes of Section IV VI. That duplicate keys to the sanctuary gates be held by the first party. VII. That the second party shall erect bird boxes and feeding stations, and shall within its discretion perform such other acts as may be deemed to enhance the attr.activeness of t h e sanctuary to birds, including the planting of fruit-bearing shrubbery. VIII. That in the administration of the sanctuary the welfare of the birds shall always be given first consideration. IX That this a greement shall remain in force for a of five years and thereafter until terminated by either party in joint conference called for that purpose. I N TIITNESS 11.HEREOF, both parties have caused this agree men t to be signed by their duly authorized executive officers, and their official seals affixed, the day and year first above written.

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!r. Samuel T C arter. Jr 111 Bro dway N Yor k City Dear [ r C art r : I enclose dr ft of proposed a r e ement 1th the Department of Parks of the Buroug h o f R1ohmond for the establishment of bird s anctuary on St ten Isla nd I should be very a t ful if y o u would se hether this docu m en t 1s in nd r eturn to men t y our very firs t o portunity a e w ar hold1n up the j oot. With best. 1shes, I am S i n r yours, Ernest G Holt.

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. () v Mr. Danial Santoro. 1 3 0 ontgo e r A v enue, Tompkinsville, s. I N e York Dear r Snntoro: I am vel."y glad indeed to have your letter of April 11 and the large-scale m p of N e Springville Park. It is ood indeed to kno that your suggestion r e g arding renov tion of the old pumpin g stationl:es evoked suoh a favorable response. and I hope th t veryth1n 111 o thro ugh a you h ve plann d I s hall be glad to see t h o sketch and s pecific t1ons y o u hav e them ready. As soon a cle r my esk o f som e pressing matters I shall he memorandum for our ad m i nistration or the proposed sanotu ry. With th v ery best of ishes, I am Sincerely y ours, Ernest G Holt.

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1 3 0 Montgome ry A ve nu e Tompkin 1 villl e S I H Y I v STATEN ISLAND TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION April 1 1933 Mr.Ernest G.H lt, Natienal Asseciatin et Auduben Secieties, 1775 Breadway, New York City. Dear Mr.Holt; I'm semiing map ef New SpringVi lle Park, Staten Islana. I speke to Cemmissiener O'Reurke an& this merniag abeut the alteratiens t part ef the elm pumping statien which we inspected yesteraay an& I feel quite certain that they will beth ce-perate along the lines I speke abeut yesterdJ PessiDly next week I shall have the preliminary sketch an& rough specificatien -reaay fer the alteratien -there will net be much werk,except fer the large tiela stene fireplace we talketi. about. As soan a s you will send me the meme we en,I will submit same to Comml:ssioner O'Reurke. Yeurs J) "-"'"'.'-.S Daniel Santere,Presiient, FROM STATEN IS LAN D ITALIAN D EMOC RAT}l CLUB D ANIEL SANTORO, Chair d n /

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Mr. Daniel Santoro, 130 ontgonery Avenue, Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New Yo,rk, Dear :tr. santorot You oerta1nly have every reason to bel1eve that we have :forgot.ten the Staten Island bird-sanctuary projet, but l as.sure you that such is not the case. Since I saw you I had to make several trips out. of town, and have also suecumbed to an attack of cold @erma that laid m e up a eouple of and from which only now reeover1ng I must go to Pittsburgh on Friday night, and 111 probably not get back to New York before the latter part. o'f next week If :r could see you toward the end of next w ,eek, I shQuld be very glad to the se.potuary pl'oject w1 th you. Better il.i.-,.W plan to be in ew York 'l.1hursday oi-Friday,, l should be very ad if you oQuld drop by the offioo for a chat., You will t1nd m e in noom 410 General notors Buildingon Broadway between 57th and 58th stre t t W l th kindest x.-esarda, I am Sincerely yours. Ernest G Holt. EGU:CA ..

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arch 211 1933. !r. William T Dav1s1 146 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, N York D ar Jr. Daviat Dr11 Chapin tells m e that you are beeinning to foal tha. t we had ditched you othing of the kind, I assure you., The truth is that I have been laid up fer the past two weeks or. _more, and prior to th t I had to ke so e field trips Which, 1th the resulting reports, took up a grea. t deal of time. I must go to Pittsburgh on Friday night, to re ain away probably until the middl e or end of next week. After that I hope to see you. Should you be tn New York on Th rsday ol' Friday of this weok, drop by the o'ff;l.ce for a fe minutes it conv enien t. t ........... p .. Vi1th kindest regards, I am your Ernest G. Holt. EGH:C

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February 7 1933 Mr. 1111am T Davi s f 146 Stuyvesant Place, Stat Island Ne York Dear 1 r D vis: Please think I have forgotten you or that l have lost interest in the St ten-Island sanctuary proposition. The truth ts that l as rather snowed under a.ll laa t week \ ttiatters here in the ()f f1ce; must stHrt tomo:rro on a field tr:I. p t hat Will pl"obe.b ly consume the ba lenee of this eek. If poas1 ble I shall ,eom e over next week wi-tb a romble w1 th you. 1 tb best 1shes, I a m Sincerely yours, Ernest G IIolt.

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r. illiom T Davis, 146 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, Nmv York. Doe r Mr. D1vis: upon m y r r tu.rn to the offi oo from a tr1p t o .the easte r n shore of Maryland I was ,lad to find your letters of January 15 and 24 s soo n as I am able to clear my de { of the wor that h s ace ul ted during y bsence, and my r enort off my chest, I ah 11 be lad to oombin it h you on a nore c et ilod examination of the three areas that o hove found to be suitable tor sanct u a r y t>urnosos. I sb.nll be glnd to advise you by hone when 1 oa n make some def:lni te lnns. 1th ind re, rd. I run Sincerely yours, Ern st G Holt.

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ATEN ND A V ANC. SAN C TUARY'1 FOR BIRD, S IS INSPECTED I t ---Thre e Park S ites Are Con 1sidere d by A u du bon So-ciety Off ic ial I Tl1r ee o f the island' s undeve;oped q f... ,d.._ par)
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-, .. t .. January 121 1933 t r Daniel Santoro, :R. A Architect_. 1 30 1ont"'omer y Aven ue Tompkinsville, s I New York Dear r Santoro; Please erm.1 t me to express ntY a .ppre.eiation of the pleasure I had in meeting you per onally yesterday, a nd of your courtesy i n p l acing yourself and ear at y disp osal,.. I found sane very nice country indeed 1n the northwest end of woltes P o nd Pa r k At Marine Pa r k there were no areas suitable for sanctuary purposes It,therefore, :remains for mo to ma.ko a more c areful e:xam.1nat1on o f tho thr areas that we have located respectively in Latourette; Ne S pringville a.nd 1 011' s ? o n d a r k o i a soon as I rotur# from Maryl an d I shall go over the ground thoroughly, and as qu1okly as possibl e and shall then be v e r y glad to discuss trith yo u w hat m i;.ht be done to es t ablish a bird sanctuary in on e of these areas. With tho best of Wishes I am Sincerely yours Ernest G H o l t

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Mr. Daniel Santoro, 130 ontgomery Avenuo, Tomykinsv1lle1 s .,, I ?l w York. Dear M r snntoroi 1th reference to the pro osed bird sanctu ry on Staten Island, I am r th r anxious to look tho ground over.pretty thorouGh .. ly myself be:foro havin a conterenoe with the Park authoriti s I should li e very m u,eh to hove th. o ortunity of a chat with you before any ctton is taken. Accordin ly I have nlnnnod to make an inde endent ins ection on onday, Jnnuary 9, ana: 11" entirely convenient 1th you I shall drop in at your office som e time between ten and eleven ocloe on that morni f'P for a short talk. With tho very best of wisbos. I run Cordially you r s Ernest G Holt.

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January 6 1933. r 1llinm T D ViS; 146 nt P l ace, a t e.ton I land. Ho or Do r r D vis: Failing to -et you by telep hone todny I am scndin this note to tell you that I o ect to return to Staten Isl nd onday mor to look over the sites we did not soo o n yesterday, and I should be vary glad indeed if you could rra n e to o e This time I plan to leave ne York earlier in order to tench st. George by 10 o if possible. I should lie very much to h ve a talk r Santoro beforo we start out. I shall g o straight from the ferry to moot you n t tho :r.iruseum nless you advise to the contrary. In order that you may h ve my otfico telephone number on file here it is: Circle 7 2956. In c you want to Bet me fter hours my house ph on e is: Susquehanna 7807 9 I certainly did enjoy my hi e ith yo u yeat rday and am lookin f o r war to another on onday. Sincerel y yours, Ernest G H olt.

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Deoem.ber 31 1932. l.{r. William 'r. Davis, 146 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island,, New Y(Htk. Dear Davis 1 I am glad to have your letter of December 29; and to learn tha\ the bird-sanctuary proJeot is moving along so .ntoely. lt it is oonvenient tor you to oo:a1e 1n on Tu.esda:y, Ja ... nua:ry 3 I should be very glad to see ycu ln the afternoon. I attach copy ot a letter from ur. Daniel Santoro, in whj,ch he asks that we set a date to;r the 1nspeot1on of al.l the available areas on s1a1ten Island, and should l1ke to d 1ecuss. this with you as, quite naturally, we would 11ke tor you to be one of the Audubon representatives. I $11 just a: little oonoerned oveJi" the newspaper publ1c 1 ty give:n th$ $anotuary pro.:posal because of the -apparent tao1t aeoeptanoe ot the idea that the ational Aasoc1etion of AUdubon Soc1etles is prepared to assume tor its own count the cost o f admin:S.etre.tion. Yoq will, of ootU'se, recall that during our conversat1 on here at the of:f';ice some tim e agQ I pointed out that the ohief obstacle in the way of the As.sooie.tion' s entering into the project was the atter or expense. To with entire frankness, I do not aee how we can do otherw1se than drop som e of ou:r existing sanctuaries this year unless .our contributions take a 4eeided turn tor the better. Your generous offer of 1.000 toward the Staten Island s a.notuary would be a tremendous aid, of' course, but it would not be suft1c1ent to develop an area of any size, to sf;ly nothing of pl.'"ov1ding for arden service, I am re ... the case now in order the.t you may turn ov'er in your mind and

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Dec ber 31, 1932, Mr. Daniel Santoro, 130 Montg omery Avenue, Tompkinsville, Staten Island-. N e York,. Dear :. r Santoro : It is a pleasure 1ndeed to have your letter of Deoemb"Gr :?9. and to lmo that you have met 1th such hearty cooperat1on on the part or the park officials. Davia is oom1ng in to talk ith us on Tuesday, and a soon as I have seen him I shall be g lad. to sug gest a tentative elate for inspection of the $Va1lable sanctuary areas. W1th best wishes for the New Year, I Sincerely yours, Ernest G Holt. EGH:CA

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DANIEL SANTORO. R. A ARCHITECT STATEN ISLAND. N 130 ontgom ry Ave, Tompkinsville, S.I. December 29 1932 Mr.Ernest Of 0anctuaries, National Association of Audubon Societies, 1775 Broadway, New YGrk, Dear Mr.Holt, th further reference to the establishmnnt of a bird sactuary on Staten rrceived your letter of the 27th. I spoke to Park John J.O'Rourke of the ark Department,and Mr.Frederick Gross, ark Engineer and they have listened to the project with enthusiasm. The Commissioner and t e Engineer both have agreed to o on a of inspection to select t e most appropriate location,in company w th a committee of two from your Society.I shall be glad to the arrangements for the tour if you will set a tentat ve date l:1nd the nam s of your representatives. I believe t at much can be done in this direct on, and that we may be confident of the Park Department's cooperation.

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PRESIDENT, WILLIAM T DAVIS; VICE-PRESIDENT, MRS, N 0 CHAPMAN @>taten ltlistnriral e;nriety 147.6 llir4mnu(l i&nall 1iln11ga11 Jlilln. N. :W. TREASURER, CARLL, GRIESHABER SECRETARY,CORNIELIUS G KOLFF PRESIDENTS OFFICE: 146 STUYVESANT PcACE NEW BRIGHTON, N Y r-" [/ -1 P'lA/ /..,,,ee L i c;; r.LJ2.Q_ 9h-r. -/ cl a..,., !; ,.,_ j !1-,.,....,_.,_ '-'-<')
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NATIONAL ASSOeIATION OF AUDUJ30N SOCIETIES SELECT STA.mEN ISLAND F'OR A. BIRD SANCTUARY There are a considerable n umber of Bir d San ctuaries and protected Natural Areas in various parts of our country from New England t o Florida that are cared for by the National Association of A udubon Societies of 1775 Bro a dway New York and I am now privileged to state that this influential Association is ready to care for and protect, a s f a r as possible, a Sanctuary on Staten Isla nd free of expense to t h e city, provided our Park Department and t h e peopl e so desire. The sum of one thousand dollars is available when the Association is assured tha t it has authority to proceed, and no doubt further sums will be subscribed for. a cause tha t will so greatly benefit our Island. Lon g Isla nd h a s for some time several protected Natural Areas, and we o n Staten Island should be privileged to have one also. Even if nothing can be accomplished beyond the protection of some acres in as nearly a natural condition as possible, as has been done in parts of Bronx Park, it will be a most happy event for Sta t e n Island. The w ooded parts of New Jersey, or o ther such localities, cannot be easily visited by many of our people, and it also takes some time as well as m oney t o reach such places. Many people, not only of Staten Isla nd but also of Greater New York would hail with delight a woodl and Sanctuary near home, and we trust that they and the press will forward the helpful aid now offered by the Audubon Association to do us a real service. /

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. 8 -!C::#\ se;;:;c:c, I > "1 f :::::::= SANCTUARY FOR BIRDS IS VIRTUALLY ASSURED ideal sites fol" sanctuaries where birds are protected f rom gun ners and predatory anima l s or birds. A SANCTUARY for the feathered songsters that pass through Staten Island on l their spring and fall mig1ations may become a reality if plans of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and of the National Association of Audubon Societies meet with success. "There is an excellent bird sanctuary' at Oyster Ba,y on Long Island," said the Audubon representative. "Of course nothing as elaborate is planned for Staten Island immediately. Given an adequate acreage, the Society would erect a cat and vermin proof fence and would plant such trees, shrubs and plants as would yield the proper kind of food for the birds. ... The prospects fol" a public park area dedicated to that pur pose were discussed Saturday night at a meeting of the Institute when assurance was l"e ceved from the Audubon group that an initial fund of $1,000 was ready fm the Staten Island project. 'We need only the sanction or the city's Pal"k Department to go ahead," said William T. Da vis, president of the Institute today. "If the park comroissionet" will set aside a suitable area of the park land we now have for that purpose, the Audubon Society will do the rest, and will meet, the cost of maintenance." At the offices of the Audubon headquarters, 1775 Broadway, Manhattan, it was said today that Staten I sland llas some A Sanctuary for Birds "Staten Island is a natural stopover for migrating birds. If the sanctuary had waterfront along an inlet, it would also be a safety zone for water fowl and shore birds, which may now be hunted from boats. "Such a sanctuary would be at tract thousands of bird lovers and nature lovers from all parts of the greater city, and would preserve the natural scenic b l'!au ty of woodland in its original state. Richmond is the only county of the city "where such preservation is now possible." THE A l.JDUBON SOCIETY HAS $1,000 ready to s 1)cnd in the creation of a bird sanctuary on Staten Is land, thanks to an idea that started ten years ago at the Staten Island Museum and has been steadily promoted since by the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and the Staten Island Bird Club. I The land required for the sanctuary is not mu ch; ten tJ acres would be on?ugh, and is less than one-half of .oue per cent of 2,400 acres of parks. With f\ the $ 1 000 the Audubon Society would erect a cat-and rat-proof fence, provided the plan is approved by N Park C ommi ssioner John J. O'Rourke. Trees and shrubs N of the varieties preferred by birds would be planted in the iuc lo sure, so that there would b e ample underbrush for feeding and nesting. Binl life is being gradually forced further. and fur ther away from t he city as the population grows, and the creatiou of a bird sanctuary is a rare opportunity to prel sene of Staten Island's pristine beauty. 'l'he Roose velt bird sanctuary on Long Island has proved its wort\ by providing nesting space for 26 varieties o f birds and .attracting the attentioi1 of omithologists and natur'alists --------1the east 'fhose on Staten Island who have exulted at the discovery of a wO'Odcock's nest, with its Ii. blotched brown eggs; and those who see beauty in marsh-------+- > land and woodland untouched by man will hope for the .peedy approval o.l the Audubon Society's proposal. sk e the es-1 of ,a. the nt of the am lo-1sel the hat k iate ieties illinl to Agrees -W>:1:ire1slch!nt of the Staten tute of Arte and Sciences, adnounced yesterday that the National Al&oclatlon of Audubon Societies had -agreed to take Mer the admtntatratlon of a bird sancturay on l5taten Illland without cost to the city, provided the permleslon of the Parts Department could be oblalned. The project was conlldere
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-. .. I Docember 29. 1 93 2 M r 1 i lliam T l4Q Stuyvesant l a c e S t aten I s land. N e w ork Dea r M r Da v i lH I attach co pies of an a x e ang of lette r s we h a ve had with M r Danie l Santoro, n ee ... r o t r y of tho Sta t e n Island Taxpayers Associa tion w hich, in measure, i s self-explanatory ln view o f tho recent det erm ined oppos ition o n t h o a r t o f the O yste r Ba y '11axpayers Jlo.asocintio n that greeted our efforts to hel in the establis ent of a p o nent bird snnctu r y a t Jon es I o a o h LonB Iol.. nd I ( w o n d orinr; 'Jh t h c r tho r c i a any m o t i v o bo i n d t his i n quiry fro m tho n Islcnd r,roup o ther tha n i t s st te purpose. If y o u nre a c q u a i nted with M r s ntoro i t might b e woll f o r you to feel him out. With the best of 1is hes, Sinc e rely y ours, E r n est CT:. olt

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ecem er 27, 1932, Daniel Santoro, s t ten Island axpayers ,ssooiation Tomplcinmrille, s. I ;1er1 York Dear r s ntoro: I have your lett of December 25 in r 0fer0 nce to the proposal f o r +.he establislunent of a bird sanotuary on Staton Island. This proposal is still in a v ery tenative staGe and have 1 eoued n o s tat ent rcc;arding 1 t I am, therefore 1 unable to send any 11teroture other than of a enor l nature concerning methods of attracting birds, but I am pleased to send you four such p hlots under another cover. Tho Ste.ten Island proposal orisnates in the community itself, and this Association. nas merely con onted to nss une the administration of n suitable area should the _ark Commiasiou see fit to lease it "to t h e Association for a poriod of sufficient length to warrant e enditures for necossnry protect ion. needless to say, however 10 aro glad to further any project designed to better roteot our birds. it a lso ,oes withou t sayinG thn t we should be h.apny to h v e your eoopero. ... tion in .the establishment of an area on Staton I 1 nd having such roteotion for ito object. cordial y vours, Ernest a olt.

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f .. December 23rd 1932 Audubon Society, 1775 Broadway, New York. Gentlemen: We understand that your Society is interested in a project to establish a bird sanctuary in Staten Island. W e shall appreciate it if you will send us any literature on the subject which is now available as we would like to study the project with a view of aiding in its establishment. y,

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December 16 1932 r ,illiam T Davis 146 Stuyvesant lace, St ten t e \ York Do r r Davis : I 'm -very glad indeed to have your lette r of. Dece mber 14, t ho map of Staten Island and the public tion whieh you so kindly sent. I ad to ttcnd the last meetin o f the Society but was so completely used up by the time I got ho e from the office that I decided not to go.. As soon as I get a little better I shall be pleasod to co e down to Staten Island and o over tho ground with you. but rather think tha t you had botter not count on that until o.fter tbg first of tho yonr. In the meantime it mi ht be well for you to st rt your publicity. I s all look to seeing ou at the next Linnaean meeting. w1th best wishes, I am Sincerely yours, Ernest G Holt

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ta en lf n E VOTED TO TH E OF BIRD LIF E ./ ON STAT dSLAND / NOTICE -z.., The next Bird Club walk will occur on Saturday, August 12th, 1933. Members and their friends will meet at 3 P M., at Oakwood Station (S l.R T ) on arrival of 2 : 29 P. M. train from St. George, and walk to Oakwood Beach, where many shore birds are expected to be seen. HOWARD H CLEAVES, President C. W LENG, Sec .Treas Public Museum, St. George, S I.

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NEW Y ORK. N.Y. C LIPPING FROM STATEN ISLAND fN. V \ A D V ANCE JANUARY 3 0 IS3 3 : \Compensation for the Gulls A. MAN WITH A SHOTGUN sits on the shore. of Silver Lake reservoii: and bangs away at the sea gulls that 'vheel and glide above Staten Island's water supply. These earefree birds, canny in their knowledge of sea, wind and ships, are slow to lea!n what ;may be called an aquatic equation of Health Department: Sea gulls plus reservoir equal shotgun fusillade. Generations back, that lake 'vas shared by the gulls with the people of Staten Island. Surrounded by splen did old trees and rugged boulders, it was a favorite pic nic spot. Not a gull resented the coming of the pic nickers, with their lunch baskets filled with fried ehick en, sandwiches and fruits. The banquet was enjoyed by 1 m(l.n and bird alike. Years passed. The gull& screamed their surprise as men came with teams of horses, axes, picks and strange machinery. The trees were felled; the boulders were blasted away; a concrete causeway was thrown across the lake, and a stout wire fenee was built around it. The fence kept out the landsmen, but it meant nothing to the .gulls who could see that the lake was stili there. And then
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sh rad1&UoD from all tt world, ace( erelal Bish of the z:e) ing Co., C and lives in Arveme, L. I., has If the ben studying art for two years. eXPectation The winning posters are ow on hospital te i i on at the muse can make HOME rnn ma s ... SOON Will OPEN figures, a that othen 000,00C WO DUMMJE Radiatit x-rays arE ing Cf.1l.Ce ever, has small qua a.ble in tl s a the his-First 11 A fifty-acre bird sanctuary, the hoar the first in the Metropolitan area, 'set of u will be in operation soon ii:\ New ials wit!' Springville Park, Staten Island, it became known yesterday. Altho Preparation of the ground for built in the sanctuary, which will be under 000 vol the suPervision of the National Hospitt Association of Audubon Societies, to Wer will begin this week. inal ff. The tract, which belongs to the parabl city, is wild woodland, and is con-in sen sidered ideal for the purpose. It The is near the center of the island. previo Staten Island Park Commis-ternat sioner O'Rourke yesterday said Harpe the project met with his full ap-currer proval. Park Department enBOC! gineers will co-operate with the Audubon Society in the preparatory work. More than one hundred varieties of birds, all of which are na.natiT tive to this are expected incl to be attracted to the sanctuary. chin Ursuline Alumnae To Stage Bridge annual bridge and te11 "' Alumnae of J\1 ingt Me an1 0

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NEW YORK SUN, TUESDAY, 1133 JANUARY 10 BIRD REFUGE FOR THE CITY Movement for Sanctuary on Staten I s l and. IDEAL SITE FOUND THERE Audubon Societie s Hope to Have Tract Set Apart. Staten Island is to have a large bird 1anctuary of natural woodland, It the combined efforts of the Staten Institute of Arts and Sciences and the National Assoc'a tlon of Audubon Societies can in duce the Park Department to set aside several hundred acres for the p urpose, William P Davis, presi dent of the institute, announced to day. A conference with Park De partment offici a ls will be held within the week, to determine, pref erably the Hill sec tion, whether the acreage can be made available for this purpose. Funds already are on hand to inture the protection and care of the 9anctuary for the Immediate future. According to Earnest T Holt, i11rector of sanctuaries for the Na.Iona] Association of Audubon Soci eties, the Richmond Hill section, which le removed from the close press of populatlon1 and which con1iats of natural woodland, with sev 1 brooks and ponds, and natural undergrowth, is an ideal location for a large bird sanctuary. In fact, the section already probably has a more representative variety of song birds during the nesting season than any other spot within miles of the metropolitan area. "All that would be necessary for the present," Mr. Holt said, "would be t o add some bird feed stations to attract even more birds. Water fowl already are attracted to the brooks on the tract. From time to time ehrubs to supply berries for certain kinds of birds could be added. But as it Is the spot is Ideal. Would Have to Be ReBtricted. "It should, of course, be kept free of trespassers, and should be open only to schools and nature clubs, whose members are interested In birds, and would not frighten them away. You can't have a bird sanc tuary open; like a park, to the gen eral public. "J;!ut the population generally would benefit, for the sanctuary would bring many feathered song sters to the Island, who w c mld, of course, visit the other parks and even the residential sections where there are trees." If the Staten .Island sanctuary Is established it will be the only one in the metropolitan area, and the largest sanctuary of the Audubon 'Societiea in the whole State. So far the societies m aintain only two other sanctuaries, both very small ones. One is a ten-acre tract at Oyster Bay, dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, and even in this small sanctuary 133 varieties of song birds have been seen, and 35 have nested, includlng the woodcocks, which have not been seen very much In this section in many years. The only other sanctuary under the protectorate of the societies is a small several acre breeding place on Gardner's Island. Provided "\Vith Cnt Fence. The Roosevelt sanctuary is sur rounded by a ten-foot cat fence, and has been planted with such berry shrubs as a wide variety of birds need for food There are also feeding stations, and bird baths, and in the few years since It has been established bird have learned to come there through that myste rious grapevine system which the feathered population use to tip off one another as to safe places for nesting and feeding. A caretaker is perpetually in charge, but the tract is open to study clubs. More than 100 varieties of song bird are native to this section, and would be atkacted to Staten Islan\i, Mr. Holt said. In fact, some thir ty-five or forty different kinds of songbirds visit even auch populous places as Central Park, although they do not stay to nest. The commonest of these are the grackles, starlings, various kinds of sparrows, and robins. In addi tion to these there are occasional wood thrushes, cardinals, blue birds, woodpeckers, goldfinches catbirds, house wrens, humming birds, blue winged warblers, orioles, mourning doves, blue jays, brown threshers, flickers, vireos, chewlnka, wood pee-wees, Maryland yellow-throats, chick-a-dees, downy woodpeckers, scarlet tanagrrs, red starts, and many others. At one time It was said that the nightin gale, generally considered exclu sively England's songster, made its appearance on Long Island, but cer tainly in recent years no nightin gale has been se_en, and it probably does not exist on this continent at all. But the nightingale and other birds might easily become adapted if a sanctuary were offered them, and i f the climate proved con genial.

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, rEW YORK S UN, TUESDAY, J ANUARY 1 0 JJ) 3. MINISTERs PRAISE FIRMIN 50 YEARS of St. Patrick's Cathedral were to rise. In those days all stamps were canceled by hand and the few tele phones In the bulldlng were sacred except for the very high officials. BROOKLYN MERGER IN POSTAL SERVICE Mr. Firmin operated one of the Church Federation and Brooklyn Postmaster Marks first typewriters employed at the post office. There were no pneumatic tubes, no adding machines and no motor trucks. Today the 300 motor ve hicles used by the post office In Mission Body United. Anniversary by \York. Consolidation of the Brooklyn ;Federation of Churches and the Brooklyn City Mission Society was praised as the establishment of <1. "united front In the battle for the culture of the nation" by the Rev. iWilbour E Saunders last night. Dr. Saunders, who is executive sec-etary of the Rochester and Montoe l"'.n11nt ederatlon Churches, -"'!Postmaster Albert Firmin of Brooklyn travel more than 3,000,000 miles a year. Brooklyn today rounded out fifty I After z:lsing to senior clerk, and years of service In the Federal then to assistant superintendent, postal service by working at his he was appointed postmaster tn des;k from 8 o'clock until 6 as he Brooklyn on March 1, 1924 at the has done most of his life He will death of Postmaster Burton. spent the eve ning at homt with his For thirty-six years Mr. Firmin wife. and his wife have lived at 788 Mo-"Annlversarles slip around with Donough street, Brooklyn. amazing speed after one passes the alf century mark, said Mr. Fir-min, who is 64\years old "I may not have many left, so I'll spend this one at home, where I am happiest." He asked that the men under him give him no present nor plan any ort of ceremony for him. He ointed out that all had received cuts In salaries and many were aid ing others who had lost jobs. WRINKLES OPEN PORES get rid of them I Mr. Firmin was born at Twenty sixth street and Sixth avenue and went to work when he was 8 years old in a wax paper factory. At 14 he got a job In the post office at Park Row and Broadway and re ceived $40 a month salary. He felt s o rich that he went to work in a silk hat. NELLVINICK From the top of the dome to which It was his duty to conduct visitors, one could see the then new water tower at High Bridge and the buttresses on which the spires Rerarded b y contleu tbv1and1 .. ra d i o a m oat tnuted beHty adYiaer, Tune In WABC WEDNESDAYS 11 A.M. ) FULTON AT BOND, BROOKLYN TRIANGLE 5-8100 Fam

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MUSEUM BULLETIN OF THE STATEN ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF ARTS AND SCIENCES New Series Vol. III, No. 7 (Whole No. 103) Edited for the Publication Committee by ARTHUR HOLLJCK, Secretary Published monthly at New Brighton, N Y. FEBRUARY 1917 Entered as 2d-class matter in P 0. at New Bri1
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MUSEUM BULLETIN THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION will be held in the assembly room of the Museum, 154 Stuyvesant Place, Saint George, on Saturday evening, February 17. 1917, at 8:15 o clock. Dr. Arthur Rollick will give an illustrated lecture on Some Evidences of the Ice Age on and in the Vicinity of Staten Island Visitors are welcome at all regular meetings of lhe Asso ciation, and members are urged to invite any friends who may express a desire to attend. Light refreshments are served and an informal reception is held by the Women's Auxiliary Committee after the adjournment of each meeting. ARTHUR HOLLICK, S ecretary. Part I of Volum e VI of the PROCEEDINGS has recently been mailed to all members entitled to receive it. This issue consists entirely of the report of the committee appointed to investigate and report upon the accuracy of all dates and events entered upon the historical tablet in the Borough Hall. It is an interest ing document which will be found indispensable to anyone who may wish to become acquainted with the most important events in our local history, in their chronological order Citations from authoritive sources of information are freely given, and at the e nd there is a complete list of all the authorities and publica tions cited and consulted by the committee in the preparation of the report. The question is frequently asked how many people visit the Museum?" Our records show a steady increase of about two thousand visitors each year. In 1915 the attendance was 13,263, and in 1916 in was 15,736. These records do not include the attendance at meetings of the Association and its sections or of the several civic organizations which meet in the evenings The figures represent only the attendance during the hours when the Museum is open to the public. It is also of in terest to note that 1,024 children attended the Friday afternoon lectures during the months of December and January, the schedules of which were printed in the last Bulletin

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STATEN ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF ARTS AND SCIENCES The members of the Association will be interested in the following abstract from the proceedings of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, at a meeting held on Thursday, January 25, 1917, and printed in the City Record, page 961, February 6, 1917. "The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution : January 20, 1917 T<> the H on or able the Comm is sion e rs of th e Sirikirig Fund: Gentlemen : The President of the Staten Island Association of Arts and Sciences in a communication to your Board under date of October 14, 1916, requests the assignment to that Association of part ( l 15 ft. by l 08 ft.) of a plot of ground own e d by the City at Wall Street and Stuyvesant Place, in the Borough of Richmond, for the purpose of erecting thereon a two and a half story and basement fireproof Museum building at a cost of about $20,000. at the expense of the Staten Island Association of Arts and Sciences, and which will take the place of the present quarters now leased by the City, thereby effecting a saving to the City of $1.500 a year now paid for rent. The Corporation Counsel, in a communication under date of January 16, 191 7, states that the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund have the general power under section 8 of chapter 850 of the Laws of 1911 "to allot and set apart to said Asso ciation, land in the Borough of Richmond for the erection of a suitable building or buildings for the keeping and maintaining of the Museum, collection and library of said Association, and to pre s cribe the terms and conditions regulating the use of such land by said Association." I therefore respectfully recommend that the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund adopt a resolution assigning to the Staten Island Association of Arts and Sciences, the plot of land in the First Ward of the Borough of Richmond, City of New York, l:ounded and described as follows : -said premises to be used as a site for the erection of a Museum building by the Staten Island Association of Arts and Sciences, said premises with buildings and other improvements thereon to revert to the City whenever it shall cease to be so used. Respectfully, ALBERT E HADLOCK, Deputy and Acting Comptroller Rewlved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 8 chapter 850 of the Laws of 191 l, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby assign to the Staten Island Association of Arts and Sciences the plot of land in the First Ward, Borough of Richmond, City of New York, bounded as follows: Beginning at the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Wall Street with the easterly side of Stuyvesant Place ; running thence easterly along the northerly side of Wall Street l 08 feet; running thence northerly and parallel with the easterly side of Stuyvesant Place l l 5 feet ; running thence westerly and parallel with the northerly side of Wall Street l 08 feet to the easterly side of Stuyvesant Place ; running thence southerly along the easterly side of Stuyvesant Place l l 5 feet to the point or place of beginning, said land to be used as a site for the erection of a Museum building by the said Association, and. the premises, with the building and other im provements thereon, to revert to the City of New York whenever it shall ceas-e to be so This assignment being made upon the express condition that the erection of the Museum buildir.g shall be commenced within two years from date, otherwise to be of no force or effect The report was accepted and the resolution adopted all the members present voting in the affirmative

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PulJllciitionR of the Association 1. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATURAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION OF STATEN ISLAND. These PROCEEDINGS were printed in octavo numbers, partly in leaflet and partly in pamphlet form, from November 10, 1883, to June 3 1905 and are included in nine volumes, separately indexed. Th ey may be obtained by members and patrons at $1.50 per voli1rne. To others the price per vo lume is $3.00. Single numbers of back volumes may be obtained at 10 cts. each, except the following, for which a uniform price of 50 cts. each will be charged : Special No. 21, Vol. V, No. 5, March 14, 1896, "Staten Island Names, Ye Olde Names and Nicknames." Wm. T. Davis. Pamph., pp. 56, and map by Chas. W Leng. Special No. 22, Vol. VII, No. 15, March 10, 1900 "Colonel Francis Love lace and his Plantations on Staten Island." Edward C. Delavan, Jr. Pamph., pp. 33, pis. I IV. Special No. 23, Vol. VIII, No. 25, October 1903, "Supplement to Staten Island Names, Ye Olde Names and Nicknames," Wm. T. Davis. Pamph., pp. 22 and map. Only a limited number of complete sets of the older volumes is now in stock, and orders for these will be filled in the order of application. The right is reserved to withdraw any part or numbers from sale at any time. 2. PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATEN ISLAND ASSOCIATION OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. These PROCEEDINGS are printed in octavo parts, four parts to a volume. They contain the business and other records of the meetings of the Association and sections and are sent free to all patrons and to all members in good standing. By resolution of the Association all members and patrons may obtain back parts at 25 cts. or back volumes at $1.00. To others the price i.s 50 cts. per part or $2.00 per vo l ume, for both ciirrent and back iss1A-es. VOLUME I, with Title Page, Table of Contents, and Index, contains Parts I IV June 1905-May 1907, pp. 1-136, pis I-IJI. VOLUME II, with Title Page, Table of Contents, and Index, contains Parts I IV, October 1907 -May 1909, pp. 1 251. VOLUME III, with Title Page, Table of Contents, and Index, contains Parts I-IV, October 1909-May 1911, pp. 1-216. VOLUME IV, with Title Page, Table of Contents, and Index, contains Parts I IV, October 1911-May 1913, pp. 1-148, pis. I, II. VOLUME V, with Title Page, Table of Contents, and Index, contains Parts I IV, October 1913 -May 1915, pp. 1 155, pis. I VII. VOLUME V.I, Part I, pp. 1 66 October 1915. The Act of Incorporation, Constitution and By-Laws etc. (Pamph., 8 vo, pp. i-xxv, 1906) and the special "Memorial Number," issued in commemoration of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization of the Natural Science Association of Staten Island (Pamph., 8vo pp. i xxxviii, 1907), will be sent free on application. 3. THE MUSEUM BULLETIN. Monthly octavo leaflets containing official notices of meetings of the Asso ciation and sections, important items of business transacted by the Board of Trustees, and descriptive items concerning the museum exhibit s and activities. Begun in August 1908 Current numbers sent free on application. Back numbers 2 cents each. Checks should be made payable to the Staten Island Associati o n of Arts and Sciences, and all remittances and communications addressed to The Staten I s land As sociation of Arts and Sciences, New Brighton, N. Y


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