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Category Archives: Winter
Wood frogs partially freeze to survive the winter. And yes…those two wood frogs are doing what you think they’re doing. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Spring amphibian migration is only a couple weeks away, when certain toads, salamanders, and frogs, like more »
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.
Junipers are the source for a whole suite of products from gin to natural insecticide to…contraceptives? Biologist Kelly Rypkema shows us the real plant behind all these claims and shares her own special recipe for spicing up the holidays. Trouble more »
Spice up your apple cider, or other winter beverages, with juniper berries, appearing right now on the juniper trees (aka cedars) in your neighborhood. 1 tsp juniper berries 1 tsp whole allspice 1 tsp whole cloves fresh orange peel 1/4 more »
With no refuge from the driving snow, freezing temperatures, and drying winds of winter, how do conifers, like pine trees, spruces, and hemlocks, manage to survive and even thrive? Join Kelly Rypkema by the fireside as she considers this question 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.
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.