Birds of Brooklyn: Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

The fall migration of the tree swallow is one of the most spectacular birding events in the NYC area. As they pass through, the birds cover the outer beaches of Brooklyn, Queens, and both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where flocks of 10,000 or more birds are not unusual. Smaller flocks fly over BBG and Prospect Park,

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Eat Local: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Peppers and Tomato Soup

As summer yields to autumn and the shorter days grow cooler, the time has come to enjoy the last of summer’s fruits and vegetables. This recipe is excellent with September red bell peppers that have grown to full maturity over a long season, concentrating their flavor and sweetness. For best results, choose

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All About Bugs: Introduction to Butterflies

Eastern Tailed Blue

Butterflies are perhaps the most beloved of the arthropod inhabitants of our gardens. They’re big and beautiful, slowly moving from flower to flower or flapping and gliding overhead. The flora at BBG are host to many species of butterfly, either as caterpillars or as adults, and you’ll see them all around the Garden

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Monarch Caterpillar Goes Green (Video)

Monarch Caterpillar

Nature is often beautiful and sometimes cruel. It is also frequently funny, especially if you have a scatological sense of humor. Case in point: this footage of a monarch caterpillar, taken last week in the Native Flora Garden meadow by curator Uli Lorimer. All kidding aside, any sign of monarchs thriving in Brooklyn

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Behind the Scenes at the Noguchi Installation

Noguchi Installation

This week, staff from The Isamu Noguchi Museum and BBG, along with a team of expert art handlers, installed a series of sculptures by the renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. The sculptures will be on display this fall as part of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden’s 100th anniversary celebrations. Here’s a

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Eat Local: Homemade Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream

Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a delightful vehicle for summer seasonal ingredients in unexpected combinations. Case in point: lavender-infused ice cream with blueberries. Lavender is more versatile as a culinary herb than most people realize. It has been used for least 2,500 years as a recipe ingredient as well as for

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