Misc.

Long-time readers may know of my interest in the Two-spotted Ladybugs of Brooklyn Bridge Park. I wrote about them for Humans and Nature this week. I hope you’ll visit and read this and other interesting takes on the intersection of humans and nature.

Some of my recent JSTOR Daily work may be of interest to you.

In the field:

And as of yesterday, there was one spot left on my April 4 spring Listening Tour with Brooklyn Brainery. We go in search of Brooklyn’s spring peepers and American Woodcocks’ mating “display” — which is most aural since it takes place after sunset.

I’ll be doing a Jane’s Walk in celebration of the urban vision of James S.T. Stranahan on May 3rd. Whenever I meet people for a walk or project in Prospect Park, I say “let’s meet at the Stranahan statue” and damned if anybody knows what I’m talking about. I’d like to make the statue, and the man, better known. Without him, Brooklyn would probably look very different. Extra bonus here: I’ll be wearing a top hat.

I’m also doing a Listening Tour for NYC Wildflower Week on May 9th at 6am (pencil this one in; final schedule isn’t published yet).

Of note also: the genius behind Wildflower Week, Marielle Anzelone, is fundraising for a forest in Times Square and getting plenty of attention for it. But funds are better than attention, so consider contributing to the project here.Turdus migratorius

6 Responses to “Misc.”


  1. 1 crazymonkeygirl March 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Matthew, I was on your Brooklyn Brainery Bald Eagle excursion @ Croton Park & loved that! Was very much hoping to join the Brainery’s 4/4 Listening Tour (& told multiple friends abt it!), but will be with family for Easter instead.

    Will your 5/9 Wildflower Week Listening Tour cover any of the same natural phenomena as the 4/4 tour? I’ve already penciled it in either way. 🙂

    Many thanks for your blog!

    • 2 mthew March 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Hi, Virginia
      The tours are related, but will be covering different things. The BB tour will be listening for spring peepers, tree frogs, and one species of bird, the American Woodcock, one of the first migratory birds to show up as the spring begins. The Wildflower Week listening tour will be about the gamut of spring bird migration, with numerous species clamoring for our ears’ attention.

  2. 3 crazymonkeygirl March 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Ok, perhaps I will try to go out & hear the spring peepers on my own. It won’t be nearly as awesome as w your tour, but the good news is we are surrounded by nature & it’s nice to be reminded of that. Happy Thu! 🙂

  3. 4 Elizabeth White March 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    James Stranahan: an example I wish more politicians would emulate!

  4. 6 elwnyc March 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    James Stranahan: a man I wish more politicians would emulate!


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