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These two giants surprised me in Green-Wood recently. They’re Sassafrass (Sassafras albidum), usually seen as a rather smaller tree. I did a double-take or three. 26 more words


Return of the Green-Wood Merlin

I said recently that Merlins (Falco columbarius) were comparable in size to Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata). Ummmm, well…. That’s a Merlin on the upper left. 141 more words


Can't Get Enough Kestrel?

A week after spotting an American Kestrel male perching in Green-Wood I found another not so very far away. Or is this the very same bird? 60 more words


The Virtual Ethnographer

The Purpose
An anthropologist’s first responsibility is to the safety of themselves and their participants. Their second responsibility is to the accurate representation of their participants’ voices. 2,454 more words



Two of the gardeners at Brooklyn Bridge Park showed me the evidence of Viburnum Leaf Beetle that they were hunting down. The pits in the twig are egg cavities, dug into the tree by the mature beetle. 44 more words



A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in Green-Wood on Saturday. This is an immature bird. An adult will have a russet-tinted breast and red eyes instead of yellow. 89 more words


Low-hanging fruit

J.M. Coetzee, in Waiting for the Barbarians, paints a pretty grim picture of the sexual life of the older man. I have been known to succumb to such low-hanging fruit and, frankly, I’m glad Coetzee says what I don’t have to. 580 more words

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