Birds of Brooklyn: Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

The gray catbird is one of the birds that can be readily seen, heard, and enjoyed as you walk through BBG. Learning to identify it by its call is a good introductory lesson for beginning birders. Like the northern mockingbird and the brown thrasher, the catbird is part of the Mimidae, a bird family whose members are

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Discovery Garden Sneak Peek

Discovery Garden

Enjoy a preview of BBG’s new Discovery Garden, which opens Saturday! The kid-friendly garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm that designed Brooklyn Bridge Park, includes woodland, marsh, and meadow habitats inspired by local native flora, as well as a fruit and vegetable garden and a four seasons

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Baby Hawks Spotted at BBG

Young Red-Tailed Hawks

Hawk chicks have been spotted in the Garden! Two, or possibly three, downy heads have been seen peeping out over the red-tailed hawk nest in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden this week, reports local birder Ann Feldman. The nest, located high up in the branches of an Austrian pine tree, is the same nest where BBG's resident

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Weed of the Month: Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

Vacant lots, fields, and tree beds around Brooklyn are filled with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) right now. This prolific springtime weed has petite white flowers, and it's common name refers to the nearly heart-shaped seedpods that form on its long stalks. They resemble the little leather pouches

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Eat Local: Spring Pasta with Ramp and Parsley Pesto

Pasta with Ramp and Parsely Pesto

Allium tricoccum is an ephemeral, perennial wild garlic in the onion family that’s native to eastern North American woodlands. Better known as ramps, the plant's greens and bulbs have gotten quite popular in the culinary world over the last decade. Their distinctively delicious flavor (akin to garlic), combined with

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Birds of Brooklyn: Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Tropical birds are known for their brilliant colors—spectacular combinations of reds, oranges, blues, and whites are not unusual. But you don’t have to travel to Central or South America to see such beauty. Every spring, usually some time in May, the Blackburnian warbler migrates from the tropics through our area. This

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