My interest in wildlife began early and I don't know how early because it's the only thing I've ever been interested in. I've always had a certain curiosity, a certain wonder about the natural world. I like to be outdoors.
The Tarpmaster said he wanted to go on a hike for Fathers' Day, so we planned an excursion with his parents. I did some research into places to go and settled on Conetquot River State Park, in Suffolk County. I figured my father-in-law wouldn't want to spend the whole day driving, and the park is only about 45 minutes from their house. It's kind of surprising that after 20 years living with a native of Long Island, I haven't seen more of its natural areas.
At the zoo yesterday I noticed these mud wasp nests built into the lettering on the facade of the "Animals in our Lives" building. Celebrate Urban Birds has a Funky Nests in Funky Places photo sharing page, but I don't know of anything like that for insects.
It's May and that means flowers—the 6th annual NYC Wildflower Week is here. This year, they're expanding their programming to all of NYC's nature, including salamanders, birds, and mushrooms along with our native wildﬂowers.
Events range from botanical walks and garden tours throughout the five boroughs to children's activities. See the full schedule of events here.
The Prospect Park Audubon Center has some fun family activities to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday.
From 1-4 PM there will be presentations by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on responsible fishing, discover tours, lakeshore clean-up, live bird and animal encounters, recycled instrument making, and a performance and parade by Bash the Trash.
I have a new New York wildlife article up on Examiner.com, about nesting birds. Enjoy!
Spring is here, even if we still have some chilly days and nights. It seems as if everything is blooming all of a sudden.
Forsythia, Tehama St., Kensington, Brooklyn.
We've planted the beginning of our summer vegetable garden.
Lettuces in our kitchen windowbox.
And soccer is back in full swing.
Gjoa vs. Brooklyn Juniors, 4/13/13.
The excellent blog A Little Campy has a nice guest post by Lacy Bishop on going camping at the last minute—it can be done! Go read it here.
I've written another article for my Brooklyn Wildlife Examiner column, describing a few common butterflies seen in the city.
We had a lovely time this past Memorial Day weekend at the Strange Creek Campout. This was the festival's tenth year. We also went in 2007 and 2008, and in 2009 went to the Wormtown festival at the same place in the fall. The highlight of the event (besides the music) is the river which borders the site, at least as far as the kids are concerned. The property is actually a summer camp when it isn't hosting music festivals, and includes a playground, cabins, woods, and fields. There seem to be zillions of birds.
This weekend is I Love My Park Day, a statewide event to enhance the state’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the park system's needs. Volunteers will clean up park lands and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitats, remove invasive species, and work on site improvement projects.