By the end of the planting event in Queens on Saturday, there were already two types of wildlife climbing the branches of the saplings.
A praying mantis crawled around the trees as we looked on. One research student, Ian Johnson, reached out his hand, and it climbed on. As it stared at him rather menacingly, Johnson said, “You’re wishing that I was your mate so that you could bite my head off. Aren’t you?” Then he sat it back on the branch.
One goal of the MillionTreesNYC project was already succeeding. Wildlife found a new home.