By Mary Jane Wilkie Now that it’s spring, many of us are more conscious of the need to brush our pet, to remove hair that will end up on the furniture or clothes. Rather than dispose of their hair in the garbage, however, you can make it available to birds that frequent our...

By Mary Jane Wilkie As I approached the building, it was there, on the threshold, wedged (by its own efforts) between the door and the door jamb. A small bird, brown/gray like many, moving slightly (or I would not have seen it). Not knowing what to do, I opened the door and it flew—or rather...

By Leslie Day The next to the last day of September, I was walking in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights from the Heather Garden, and just before I got to Sir William’s Dog Run, my eye caught a movement high up in the northern red oak tree. Warblers! Knowing it’s migration time for insect...

By Leslie Day We hear them throughout the day, their high-pitched, keening, keeeeeeearr, over and over again, calling for their parents to feed them a pigeon, a rat, a squirrel. Lucky us to have three gorgeous juvenile red-tail hawks: Buteo jamaicensis: Buteo: a kind of hawk; jamaicensis: the island of Jamaica where specimens were given...

By Leslie Day Amelanchier canadensis, or the downy serviceberry tree, is one of the first to bloom in early spring in the northeastern United States. New York City has just gone through a long , brutally cold, and snowy winter. The snow has finally disappeared, but there are new puffs of white dotting the hills...

by Leslie Day The house sparrow’s Latin Name, Passer domesticus means small, active bird (Passer) belonging to a house: domesticus). One hundred house sparrows were introduced from Europe into Brooklyn, Manhattan and Chicago in the early 1850s and the species expanded throughout North America. It is the most commonly seen bird throughout the five boroughs....

by Leslie Day  Taken from a talk and presentation given in Inwood Hill Park on December 6, 2014.

Though I have lived in Manhattan for most of my life, I had never seen such an abundance of skunks until I moved to Fort Tryon Gardens. Beautiful, crepuscular, quiet, determined, and forever nosing around for food, I find them endlessly fascinating. Mephitis mephitis is a remarkable animal. Mephitis is Latin for foul odor. Mephitis...

The Nature of Our Neighborhood: The Beneficial Wasps of Fort Tryon Gardens By Leslie Day Coming into 295 Bennett the other morning I spotted a cicada sitting quietly on the brick of our building and I looked around to see if its archenemy – the cicada killer wasp – was nearby. Last year was a...

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