Anniversary

Four years ago, I started Backyard and Beyond. Here’s my very first post, with picture of a recently hatched Painted Turtle, no bigger than a silver dollar.

For my anniversary, a bouquet: Myiopsitta monachusFeathers of one of Green-Wood’s Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). The blue primaries (long wing feathers) are somewhat surprising for a bird otherwise tropical-green. These were scattered under an evergreen, evidence of a fateful end.

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There are a lot of posts in the archives. Most are timeless, at least on a human scale, so if you’re a newcomer, please feel free to dredge through the past. There are some doozies.
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15 Responses to “Anniversary”


  1. 1 Mark Wilkinson March 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Happy 4th birthday to your blog Matthew. I’ve learnt stuff on all manner of subjects, kept in touch with the wildlife of NYC and beyond and through it met a passionate friend and advocate for the natural world. Here’s to the next four years!!

  2. 3 elwnyc March 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I’ll ditto Mark’s remarks, Matthew. Your blog is the first thing I look for in my long string of emails each morning.

  3. 5 Nature on the Edge March 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Enjoy the diversity of your topics, birds and all….and thanks for that wonderful audio recording – Spem in Alium… 40 part motet – sublime it is 🙂 Hope you keep up your 4 year impetus….

  4. 6 Megan March 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Please keep the blog posts coming. I so appreciate being able to be in touch with nature, even if it’s on my mobile device underground during the morning commute. 🙂

  5. 8 Kathleen March 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you, Matthew for all the wonder and joy of nature you bring every day to me!! XO. 🐢🐾🌲🌳🌿🌺🌻

  6. 10 Sean March 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Congratulations on four years! Your blog is a big inspiration to get out there and discover nature in the city.

  7. 12 Katie (Nature ID) March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats! I’ve enjoyed following your blog and getting a glimpse of what it would be like living in NYC and loving nature. I particularly like the seasonal and big weather events feet-on-the-ground coverage that you provide.

  8. 14 Zina March 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Happy anniversary, Matthew, thank you for filling the years with wonderful pieces here on Backyard and Beyond. You make this world a better place and me more appreciative of it.


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