Grantees In The News

Strategic Siting Of Pop-Up Wetlands Saves Birds


Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds

The New York Times, April 15, 2014

“The Central Valley was once one of North America’s most productive wildlife habitats, a 450-mile-long expanse marbled with meandering streams and lush wetlands that provided an ideal stop for migratory shorebirds…about 95 percent are gone, and the number of migratory birds has declined drastically. But now an unusual alliance of conservationists, bird watchers and farmers have joined in an innovative plan to restore essential habitat for the migrating birds.

The program, called BirdReturns, starts with data from eBird, the pioneering citizen science project that asks birders to record sightings on a smartphone app and send the information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in upstate New York….”


The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve Celebrates Its Phase Two Opening


The Preserve Welcomes the Prime Minister of the Bahamas to Phase Two Opening Celebration

Tribune 242, April 15, 2014

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve was honored to have the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas at the Phase Two Opening Ceremony on Friday, April 11, 2014. This second phase of the Preserve was designed by world-renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles and subtropical plant expert, Dr. Ethan Freid. The second phase construction includes a lath house, freshwater wetland, edible history garden, and weather station.


ISAW Opens New Exhibit: ‘Masters of Fire’ a Trove of Copper Age Artifacts From Israel


Where Death Was a Friend, and Gods Were Ordinary Folk

The New York Times, Feb. 21, 2014

“I can imagine worse fates for my bones than being housed for eternity — or at least 6,000 years or so — in one of the astonishing ossuaries now on display at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in a modest but weighty new exhibition, “Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art From Israel.” If facial expressions have any enduring meanings across cultures and time (and it often seems that they do), the figures who adorn these ancient clay burial vaults would provide congenial company.”


National Museum of Cambodia Collaborates with the Center for Khmer Studies to Promote Research and Scholarly Exchange


Ancient culture goes online as National Museum digitises

The Phnom Penh Post, Jan. 29, 2014

“After nine years of locating works, cross-checking records, photographing and finally cataloguing, the National Museum has unveiled its online database, which features more than 16,000 entries ranging from ancient statues to paintings and manuscripts. Launched on January 3, the database is the only fine arts system of its kind in Cambodia, with its web presence enabling museum curators to locate and document works, as well as providing the public with access. Funded by the Leon Levy Foundation, the National Museum of Cambodia collaborated with the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), an international, non-governmental organisation that supports and promotes research and scholarly exchange with Cambodia.”  Read more.

The Founding Documents of the NY Philharmonic – the Oldest Symphony Orchestra in the U.S. – Now Available Online


Philharmonic Early History Goes Digital

The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2014

“Just a year after the members of the brand-new New York Philharmonic adopted their first constitution in 1842 — players were to be paid $25 a season for three concerts, to rehearse every other Saturday and to be fined $5 for missed concerts — they passed some new bylaws. ‘All indecorum of the members is strictly forbidden at all the Society’s meetings,’ one rule read, banning ‘smoking, the wearing of hats or caps, violent language, &c. &c.’

Those founding documents of the Philharmonic — the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States — are now available online, the orchestra announced on Wednesday, thanks to a new $2.4 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. It will allow the orchestra to continue to digitize the records in its copious archives going all the way back to its inaugural 1842-43 season….”

BPL Celebrates Anniversary of New Tech Center


`Information Commons’ offers 25 desktops, space for 70 laptops

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jan. 16, 2014

This month, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of its multifunctional, innovative technology center, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons.

Located in BPL’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, the Information Commons offers a 5,500-square-foot space boasting seating and outlets for 70 laptop users, 25 public desktop computers (including Macs and PCs), meeting rooms, educational training programs and a recording studio outfitted with a computer editing station and DSLR camera.

Designed with the intention of serving the community at large and accommodating a wide range of demands, the Information Commons provides specialized resources to support students, researchers, professionals, entrepreneurs and job-seekers.

U.S. Exacts Record Fee For Killing Eagles, Plus Prevention Plan


Wind Energy Company to Pay $1 Million in Bird Deaths

The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2013

“Duke Energy agreed on Friday to pay $1 million in fines as part of the Justice Department’s first criminal case against a wind power company for the deaths of protected birds….

The American Bird Conservancy, a nonprofit group that supports protections for bird habitats, said that the plea agreement was a positive step toward addressing bird deaths caused by the wind industry, but that federal officials needed to do more to address violations by other companies…”

Governance Institute Develops Plans for Enhancing Immigration Removal Adjudication

Immigration Reform

We Need Immigration Courts That Work

Real Clear Policy, November 13, 2013

“As pressure mounts on Congress for some form of immigration legislation, a little-noticed and overworked cog in the nation’s immigration-enforcement machinery may get left by the wayside: the Justice Department’s 59 immigration courts, whose 260 judges adjudicate each year the cases of more than 300,000 people whom the Homeland Security Department wants to deport….”

Askelon Excavation Reveals That Pigs Emigrated


Who’d Import Pigs to Israel: Ancient Europeans, Researchers Say

The New York Times, November 4, 2013

“A new study based on DNA testing of modern and ancient pigs has revealed that the European immigrant pigs became prominent during the Iron Age, around 900 B.C. and eventually took over the entire wild boar population in Israel. The exceptionally high number of pig bones at what were urban Philistine sites like Ashkelon and Ekron, has given rise to the theory that the Philistines, sea people who migrated here from the Aegean basin, brought their culinary and husbandry habits with them”. See Link.

Lakeside, a Skating Complex in Prospect Park


Restoring Brooklyn’s Pastoral Heart

The New York Times, October 20, 2013

“For years, the Kate Wollman Memorial Rink in Prospect Park was fenced-off, decrepit relic of the take-no-prisoners approach that New York’s planning czar Robert Moses brought to urban renewal during the 1950s. Skaters suffered its musty lockers and dubious hot dogs until a couple of years ago, when the wrecking ball mercifully arrived to make room for a new skating and entertainment complex…”