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Ants Abound in Manhattan’s Slivers of Green

Pavement ants (Tetramorium) on human food in a Manhattan street median

Ants—they’re everywhere. Charging across your picnic blanket, sneaking into your sandwich and, naturally, marching one by one (hurrah! hurrah!). Throughout the temperate zone you’ll find ants swarming in almost every forest, ducking beneath blades of grass in virtually every prairie. Forests and prairies are hard to come by in New York City. But in a [...]

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Observations

Rare Photos of a Baby Pigeon in Brooklyn

For the first time in my 16-plus years of New York City living, I saw a baby pigeon on the street. It was sitting — and cheeping loudly — near an adult pigeon on the sidewalk, just outside a popular pizzeria in my neighborhood. Susan Elbin, director of conservation and science at NYC Audubon, said [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Be on the look out for squirrels and dreys

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This post was originally published at Urban Science Adventures! © on January 23, 2009 as Urban Wildlife Watch: Squirrels and Dreys. ************************* Squirrels are rodents, so that means they are cousins to chipmunks, mice, rats, voles, and beavers. They are members of the Sciuridae family, which means ‘bushy tail’ and is a perfect way to [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Eye Spy Dragonflies!

DNLee holding dragon fly

Have you seen a large beautiful flying insect hovering nearby? I mean glorious and sparkly greens and golds or black and blues, maybe with a little touch of yellow or violet. If you live by water, or know where a nice creek, pond, or lake is, you just may see dragonflies!  Dragonflies are beautiful creatures [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Catching and Watching Fireflies

firefly lightening bug

What do you see when you go into your backyard in the evening time?  Most people don’t even think about being outside at that time until the warm rays of summer touch their skins.  Summer nights mean warm nights where you can be outside until dusk and beyond and see the wonders that Mother Nature [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Sports and Sharks – James Jones and South Florida youth go deep for science outreach

Sharktagging RJ Dunlap Lab

NBA Player James Jones, formerly with the Miami Heat, is spending time with the youth he serves through his foundation tagging sharks. Yes! TAGGING. SHARKS! DOING SCIENCE! And having a ball. They spent the day on a research boat with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program affiliated with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Urban Science Adventure: Appreciating Bees

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Now is the time to get outdoors and experience what the world has to offer. One thing that you can keep in mind is that there are insects everywhere, including our back yards! A simple past time that you can enjoy alone, with a group, or with your family is taking a step outdoors and [...]

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The Urban Scientist

What’s this in my backyard? A Camel Cricket

camel cricket

Mid-day yesterday I got a text message from a friend’s daughter — off at school, living in an off-campus house — asking me about a little invader. Her: Do you know what this is? Me: Yes. A camel cricket. Her: it’s terrifying Me: Drama Her: There where a ton of them. Lol I voted to [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Thanksgiving

turkey toms face off

Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © I took these photos at Litszinger Road Ecology Center (an Urban Nature Reserve) spring 2006. Two Tom Turkeys (males) facing off. Two Tom Turkeys trying to impress a Hen Turkey (female). Can you see her? She’s much smaller and to the right of the males. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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The Urban Scientist

Will Giant Mutant Rats overrun NYC in Sandy’s wake

African Giant Pouched rat Gambian rat Cricetomys gambianus

In all of the excitement and concern in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many people’s attentions have turned to rats? So What Happened to All of the Subway Rats? The Ratpocalypse Has Been Canceled Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy? And one that hits a little closer to home: It spurred some comments, mostly tongue-in-cheek [...]

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The Urban Scientist

What’s this in my Backyard? A skink

skink found in Missouri home

I get this question a lot? Whenever friends some across a plant, animal, a footprint, or even a pile a poop, it’s not uncommon for me to get a text message, a phone call or even a tag on Facebook asking me to identity (or come get) this thing.  I even joked about it in [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Wordless Wednesday: I’m a mammalogist

This book was a graduation present when I got my PhD in biology. I was very happy to receive it. It is a great gift. Perhaps when at the end of my postdoc I’ll get a Smithsonian Book on African Mammals. I the meantime I’ll leave you this video of me doing mammalogists do, getting [...]

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