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The lovely, stubborn plant was adored by Frederick Law Olmsted. So it's partly his fault that it has taken over. [Read More]
After the wasp paralyzes the cicada midair with her stinger, she drags the victim home and buries it alive. The story only gets worse from... [Read More]
The bluegill can be found in fresh waters across the city. Although it is an attentive creature that responds to prey, it is also popular... [Read More]
Indian pipe looks like some kind of albino mushroom, hiding under the bushes and trees. The truth about the plant is even stranger. [Read More]
The invasive flower is aptly named, filling the vacant lots of the city with a clean, intoxicating smell. [Read More]
The ghost crab isn't like the other crustaceans on the shore. For one thing, it doesn't really like the water. [Read More]
The beauty of Orobanche uniflora is at odds with its ugly common monikers: naked broomrape, or flowered cancer root. [Read More]
It does not have lungs, breathing through its skin, instead. If it feels threatened, it can shed its tail, which will wriggle for a few... [Read More]
Whitlow grass, with its tiny blooms and its ability to grow in the roughest of soils, is here for the briefest moment. [Read More]
The pussy willow flowers early in New York City, giving butterflies and bumblebees their first sweet drink of the season. [Read More]
The rasping call of the wood frog, who amazingly emerges from being mostly frozen during the winter, is filling city woodlands right now. [Read More]
In early spring, the partridgeberry cycle begins anew when a few leaves start to sprout from its stem, long buried below winter's leaf litter. [Read More]
The red-breasted merganser is a sleek, speedy seabird with a decidedly punk hairdo. [Read More]
The spiky gum balls of the sweet gum tree are annoying to anyone who steps on them. But in flu season, they're also a source... [Read More]
The great black backed gull, the world's largest gull, is an opportunistic predator but a useful citizen of the New York ecosystem. [Read More]
Winter is harsh for the littlest creatures, but it helps if there's a nice snowbank to hide in. [Read More]
During the long, cold nights of the season, the great horned owl has the run of the treetops. [Read More]
The poinsettia doesn't actually grow in New York, despite the evidence in every bodega and office reception area in the city. [Read More]
a territorial, adorable loner - owes its popoularity to Beatrix Potter. [Read More]
The black walnut does have an edible nut, but it requires great persistence. (Rubber gloves advised.) [Read More]