Science

Why Is the Native Flora Garden Pond Green?

Watermeal

“Gross! Ew! That water looks nasty!” I often hear comments like this from visitors when they first lay eyes on the pond in the Native Flora Garden. Many people assume that the green surface of the pond is due to algae, but the truth is more intriguing. The film you see on the pond now is actually made up of thousands

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Photos Lead to Discovery of Unknown Leafhopper

Torrey's Muhly Colony

Fieldwork in the New Jersey Pine Barrens by BBG staff has led to the discovery of a previously unknown insect species, dubbed the Whitcomb leafhopper (Flexamia whitcombi). “A lot of people assume there are no new species to discover, or that any unknown ones are deep in undeveloped rainforest, but even here in North

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What Gives Leaves Their Fall Color?

Native Flora Garden

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the leaves of our broad-leaf trees are losing their green, and entire forests are turning shades of gold and yellow, orange, red, and purple. This process is one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles, but the changes that create it occur within each tiny leaf cell, where

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Nastiest. Mushroom. Ever.

Elegant Stinkhorn

An alarming fungus is popping up quick Called elegant stinkhorn or the devil’s dipstick As distasteful to the nose as it is to the eyes Its odor’s designed to attract pesky flies Insects feed on the slimy stalk And spread its spores around the block A member of family Phallaceae and Mutinus genus

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Working for Watersheds

Bear Hole Brook

Healthy forests provide good water. That’s one of the reasons our area is known for the purity of its water. It’s also why BBG scientists are working in area watersheds to evaluate and understand the condition of these forests. Paul Harwood and I have been studying the forests of the Catskill High Peaks for the past

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Herbarium Course at BBG

Herbarium Techniques Course

Students from across the U.S. and Canada are here for next two weeks to participate in a special course on herbarium techniques offered by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Here they will learn how to properly curate and conserve a scientific collection of preserved plants like the collection of

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