Winn, who made the red-tailed hawk Pale Male the most famous resident of New York’s Central Park (Red-Tails In Love, 1999), now studies the city’s largest park at night. Although most people would shun the area in the evening, Winn points out that the majority of crimes committed in the park are in the daytime. And avoiding the park at night would mean missing Bug Night, when an inveterate group of birders prevailed on the American Museum of Natural History to lend them an entomologist, leading to a love affair with moths and the unearthing of some rare species. A hunt for emerging cicada nymphs leads to another discovery—the fascination of slug sex, a riveting drama that is seductive, alluring, and strangely beautiful to watch. Where do birds sleep? And how do they hide? Answering these questions led to observations of a large roost of robins with concomitant roughhousing and jockeying for position before they slept. Winn is an engaging writer, making us care about the evening denizens of the park (human or otherwise). --Nancy Bent
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"Central Park in the Dark is a delight; I'd follow Winn into the park at any hour."--The New York Times Book Review
"A delightful chronicle of the animals that come out to hunt and play in the park at night . . . conveys the magic and enduring mysteries of Central Park."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Winn is an engaging writer, making us care about the evening denizens of the park (human or otherwise)."--Booklist
"Winn's book is a revelation. . . . A worthy addition to any nature lover’s shelf."--Buffalo News
"Exuberantly illuminates Central Park’s vibrant 843-acre nocturnal world."--Kirkus Reviews
"From screech owl rescues to slug sex, Winn pulls the reader into this tight-knit circle of people all searching for the same thing: a glimpse of nature in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city."--The Christian Science Monitor