The New York Times: Starr Saphir, Bird-Watching Guide in Central Park, Dies at 73

Starr Saphir began bird-watching 67 years ago. For decades, she guided fellow birding enthusiasts through Central Park.
Photo by Hiroko Masuike

When Starr Saphir looked up at the star-speckled night sky, she thought of the multitude of moths, mosquitoes and other insects being pursued by swooping nighthawks.

She shared this observation with the thousands of people who followed her through Central Park on the tours she led four times a week for nearly four decades, starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until she thought there were no more species to see that day. A tour might not end until dusk.


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