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Birds of Brooklyn: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

What do the wolf, the beaver, and the yellow-bellied sapsucker have in common? Each is a keystone species, that is, a species that by its actions may affect a whole community. In many cases, other species greatly depend upon their actions for food, shelter, and habitat. As a predator, the wolf keeps certain animal

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Is a Potted Christmas Tree a Good Idea?

Potted Christmas Trees

Around this time of year, city sidewalks are packed with Christmas tree options, including potted spruces and other evergreens. At first glance, a live potted tree seems like the most sustainable solution for anyone with the garden space to accommodate a conifer. The only trouble is that the holiday season doesn’t

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Birds of Brooklyn: Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. to the sound of a bird singing outside your window? It was likely a northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos). This bird just loves to sing day and night, and whatever song it sings is usually repeated three or more times. Mockingbirds are famous mimics, copying the songs of other birds as

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Garden Apprentice Program (Video)

Seen In NY Title Card

This video blog from New Learning Times offers a snapshot of BBG's Garden Apprentice Program. Embedded with permission of NLT.

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Weed of the Month: Ragweed

Common Ragweed and a Beetle

Anyone with fall allergies—like me—should learn to spot the worst villain of all superweeds: ragweed! The main cause of hay fever, this annual beast can produce one billion grains of pollen per plant. Ragweed pollen causes familiar allergy symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes, and to make matters worse, it can also

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Trees to See at BBG

Sourwood

There are well over a thousand trees here at BBG. Some are so distinctive that they’re almost famous—the weeping beech near Oak Circle, for instance, and the hybrid oak at the base of Daffodil Hill. But there are also plenty of hidden gems that deserve to be called out for their resilience and beauty. In some cases, the

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