Solo-Cycling From NYC to Karukinka
From October 2019 to April 2020 I am solo-cycling from the Bronx Zoo in NYC to Karukinka Natural Park at southern tip of South America.
Karukinka Natural Park was donated by Goldman Sachs and is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). It is the largest protected area of the Tierra del Fuego Island with vast old-growth forests containing 300 year old trees and sprawling boglands that are significant carbon sinks and home to many species including elephant seals, albatross, guanaco, and fueguino foxes. Karukinka is a living laboratory and classroom for Chileans and the world; however, the expanding Human Footprint is threatening this magical landscape.
Why ride from NYC to Karukinka?
I've dedicated the past ten years to studying urban ecology and connecting people to nature in NYC to contribute to a more equitable and environmentally sustainable future. I took a leave of absence from WCS to step outside of the familiar, challenge myself mentally and physically, and see first-hand the changing Human Footprint at a continental scale.