Lately, we’ve featured a number of posts about our team’s adventures in urban ecology this last summer. Amy shared stories about the challenges of studying ants in Manhattan, Christi took you on a collecting trip to Baltimore, and Jeremy described a day-in-the life of a budding ant biologist working along Chicago’s train tracks.
In a couple weeks, we’ll be taking you back to New York City as our quest to understand the Ants on Broadway continues. We’ll share our adventures in real-time through the blog and Twitter – Stay tuned.
In the meantime, as I mentally prepare for doing fieldwork in the Big Apple (Yes, they do let me get out of the office every once in awhile… time to dust off my field boots!), I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been reading to bring me up to speed on NYC natural history.
- Where to Go Outside and Play in New York City: Yes, Virginia, there are some awesome natural areas to be explored in NYC. Dave Caldwell from the NY Times gives you the rundown and there’s a great slide show accompanying his piece. We look forward to returning to Inwood Hill Park to collect ants!
- Out Walking the Dog – Melissa Cooper shares observations and photos of the nature she spots while rambling around city parks and neighborhoods with her canine companion. Sometimes the most unusual things turn up on her walks… like peacocks!
- Local Ecologist – Musings on nature, community, and open space, served up with a side on cultural history.
- Plant Talk: Inside the New York Botanical Garden – I especially love the Morning Eye Candy (stunning photos taken inside the NYBG), From the Field, and From the Library posts written by NYBG staff members. Although the NYBG is passionate about plants, you’ll find plenty of posts on fungi, insects, birds and even amphibians on their blog!
- NPR Cities – This new series by NPR is trying to capture the vibrancy of urban life in all of its facets – the people, the architecture, the history, even the nature. Sure, it’s not specific to the Big Apple, but I thought I’d share since I’ve been enjoying the stories and interactive features, including this one, asking urbanites to share the ‘heart’ of their city.