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June 6, 2016

Both babies fledged on Sunday afternoon and today less than 24 hours since making their first flight they both demonstrate very advanced flying skills.

Palemale & Octavia choose this tree to leave food for their babies.

Palemale uses the roof of their nest as another feeding place.

Early Monday morning one of the babies is getting ready to begin his first day of life in Central Park. This is most likely the same tree which he landed on from his fledge.

Monday June 6, 2016.

I have written to the NYC Parks Commissioner to have a memorial erected in the Ramble in honor of Manuel Sobral who was killed during the landscape project earlier this year.
If you would like to support this effort here is the Commissioner's contact:

Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver

Dear Sir:

Please consider erecting a memorial of some sort dedicated to Manuel Alexandre Carvalho Sobral, 56, of Union, NJ.

Mr Sobral was killed on Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Ramble, Central Park. He was born in Vila Flor, Tras-Os-Montes, Portugal.

Mr Sobral's Obituary:

NY Post story of his accident:

I believe that this man deserves a memorial for the heavy price he paid during his work for the Central Park Conservancy. Too often we pay homage to the rich and famous and neglect to acknowledge the many lesser known men and women that contribute to making this park a beautiful place. Recently the Ramble was opened up to the public after several months of closing for the landscape work that Mr Sobral was instrumental in making happen.

I am sure his family will be honored if they were consulted for this small token of appreciation for his work and the ultimate price he paid for this landscaping project. I am also certain that all his fellow workers will be honored to know that though they were paid for their hard laborious work, we appreciate the toll it sometimes takes on them. The memorial may also serve to remind many of us who visit the Ramble, that more than money is sometimes spent to make accessible all the beauty and solace that special place offers.

Thank you,

Lincoln Karim

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