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Category Archives: Fall
Without leaves to block our view, winter is an excellent time to take a peek into the lives of city animals and see the daily challenges they face. One type of woodpecker has drilled very distinctive designs throughout NYC’s parks more »
If one species of animal can love another, then surely hummingbirds love sapsuckers. Find out why in this short video annotation. And see our episode: “Woodpeckers leave their mark on NYC” for the full story.
A plant quietly grows in our city that incited a revolution in how we fasten things together. Host Kelly Rypkema shows us what it looks like and shares this story of nature-inspired design involving Swiss engineer George de Mestral, some more »
I hope everyone is faring better from the effects of Hurricane Sandy as time passes. My neighborhood is slowly making progress. Dry wall, insulation, and sofas, all heavy with water, are being loaded into dumpsters. Downed limbs are being trimmed more »
This episode of “Around the Town,” companion series to “Nature in a NY Minute,” takes an up-close look at a lucky squirrel dining al fresco on some tasty-looking leftovers — until an unwelcome guest drops by for a visit.
Seeing red? In the Fall, New England certainly does. That brilliant red color is made by a mysterious pigment called anthocyanin. Only some plants produce it at this time of year, and scientists don’t agree on what it does. Some more »
Autumn is a busy time for all plants as they prepare for winter, but only some plants have made the drastic decision for abscission. Biologist Kelly Rypkema gets in tune with the energetic flow of deciduous plants as their leaves more »
With fruit flies committing public acts of mating and rampant fly-bies on a daily basis, Kelly Rypkema knows it’s time to take a stand against the population setting up house in her kitchen. Armed with knowledge of fruit fly behavior more »
Naturalist Kelly Rypkema endeavors to answer a viewer’s question and ends up with an infestation of dizzying Drosophila – melanogaster, that is – Fruit flies. Tune in to see how to make your kitchen a ripe habitat for these impish insects. more »
In the forest, a tree’s broad, showy crown might catch our attention, but the roots are really the long arm of the log.