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Wildlife Wednesday: A New Family Takes to the Skies

Posted in Wildlife on July 11 2018, by Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Red-tailed hawk
One of three red-tailed hawk hatchlings at NYBG

I’m happy to report that for the second year in a row, a pair of red-tailed hawks have nested here at The New York Botanical Garden. This year there are three hatchlings! Here are some entries from my journal about this amazing family of raptors.

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Wildlife at the Garden: Spring Colors

Posted in Wildlife on April 25 2018, by Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.

Grackles are noisy and rambunctious birds, but have you ever really stopped to appreciate them? In the springtime sunlight, their iridescent feathers capture blacks, blues, purples, and everything in between.

Grackle

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

 

Wildlife Wednesday

Posted in Wildlife on March 14 2018, by Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


On Wednesday, February 21st, it seemed as if mother nature forgot that summer doesn’t officially begin until June. The temperature peaked at 78° F. Nearly 2,000 visitors decided to enjoy the glorious weather that day, and I was curious as to how the warmth would affect the Garden’s wildlife. I decided to try my luck and see if any animals we don’t normally see in winter might come out for a bit. I was not disappointed.

Wood duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood duck (<em>Aix sponsa</em>)
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In addition to the usual suspects (a pair of wood ducks and two pairs of mallards), I spotted a sizable red-eared slider having a look-see in the wetlands.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the green frog in the Native Plant Garden. Yes, a green frog. In February.

Wildlife Wednesday indeed.

A Menagerie at the Garden

Posted in Wildlife on November 6 2017, by Patricia Gonzalez

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Today we take a look back at just a few of the animals that have made themselves known—especially in the Perennial Garden—over the last few months. The transition from summer to fall brought out all sorts of characters!