Odds good for owling in Brooklyn

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How easy is it to see a snowy owl in Brooklyn this winter? Your odds are pretty good–if you’re willing to haul yourself out to Floyd Bennett Field, an old timey airport on Brooklyn’s shore. I got to see one today after looking on eBird and figuring it was the most likely spot.

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What's inside that paper wasp nest?

When you peel back the outer paper of a wasp nest, you find layers of hive, some dead larvae, some wasps springing to life and not much honey. Also a faint odor.

When you peel back the outer paper of a wasp nest, you find layers of hive, some dead larvae, some zombie wasps springing to life and not much honey. Also a faint odor.

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Beagles Run for Rolling Pumpkins in Prospect Park

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Our beagle Huckleberry has invented the sport of chasing pumpkins down a hill in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. His reward is he gets to eat the pumpkin, which he’s able to break into after several rolls.

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Many Ubiquitous TV Jingles Make Dogs Sing, But Why?

Dog howls to music: does he like it or hate it?

Dogs sing to the most ubiquitous songs on TV. Do they hate the Empire Carpet jingle as much as we do? Or do they like the familiarity of another Law and Order?

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Green heron co-op forms in Prospect Park

Four green heron chicks in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Several pairs of green herons are building nests or raising young in what’s becoming a heron co-op near the Lullwater in Prospect Park.

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Green heron nest survived Googa Mooga

An adult green heron feeds two chicks in  Prospect Park

Heroic green heron parents endured days of hipster music and foodies when their eggs were about to hatch. Now two chicks are learning to eat regurgitated fish and walk on branches of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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Monster quest: finding the giant snapping turtle of Prospect Park

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Enormous snapping turtles lurk in Brooklyn lakes but emerge this time of year to lay eggs. Oddly, NY state is about to allow trapping, hooking and clubbing them to death.

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Meet my friend, the pushy cardinal of Prospect Park

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A distinctive male cardinal comes to whistles in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and expects sunflower seeds.

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Googa Mooga drives off nesting green herons

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Green herons annoyed off their nest by Googa Mooga, a celebration of hipster food, loud music and the selling out of public park land.

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Zombie Birds shows us we still have a lot to learn about animals

This capuchin monkey pees on himself to show how sexually mature he is.

The latest animal research seems to prove that animals are sexually and morally freaky in ways we never imagined. This book turns biology into fun sideshows.

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