If you look very closely, that’s a muskrat swimming across the Bronx River.
Ever wondered how beavers got the reputation for being busy, well, beavers? After checking out the nearly 200 images captured by one of our Forest critter cams of this busy, busy beaver, I think I finally understand. The Garden and the Bronx River are the proud residence of the first two beavers —José and Justin—to call New York City home in more than 200 years. Beavers were once common in our fair boroughs, but their luxurious pelts were their doom, and they were hunted and trapped to extinction in our area while simultaneously making Gotham a world capital of commerce and trade (they’re even featured on the official seal of the city).
Whether this beaver is José or Justin is almost impossible to tell, but it’s not the first time we have caught our resident critters on film. Over the summer, during an impressive heat wave, our critter cam also caught a curious fox, racoon, and one very exasperated looking great-horned owl. We’re sure there are more critter cam surprises to come, so stay tuned and keep an eye peeled when you’re visiting the Garden, you just never know who you’ll meet along the way! ~AR
ps - The awesome gifs were created by Matt Newman, aka MN.
One of the many raptors that call the Garden home (or at least their favorite buffet), in this case a Cooper’s Hawk. So often it’s the Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed Hawks that hog the spotlight, but now and again the real variety of the wildlife here chimes in. And then…gives you a disapproving glare, but that’s beside the point.
This photo comes from our resident birdwatching photog’ extraordinaire, Pat Gonzalez. I like to think of her as the Hawk Whisperer. —MN
And to think, some people think only Manhattan squirrels are uber-chic. But seriously, here’s an explanation. ~AR
Urban black squirrel knows he’s cool.
Sarah Paulson (the NYBG’s Coordinator of Teen Programs) was out on a stroll with her camera this past week when she came upon these loitering frogs. The weather was a bit warmer last Friday than it’s been since, of course.
Hopefully the return of the cold won’t keep the wildlife around the Garden from its spring capering. —MN
Wildlife lovers go “awwwww,” while snowdrop aficionados demand swift justice. —MN
“Did I leave the gas on?”
The local muskrats have been busy, as has Pat Gonzalez, our local wildlife photog’ extraordinaire. They’re still just as adorable as in this shot, taken around this time last year. —MN
What were these critters doing out here? (dance party) (Taken with Instagram at Everett Children’s Adventure Gardens @ NYBG)
Thankfully our gang (yes, that’s what a group of turkeys is called) is full of lady turkeys, and “dudes” is figurative, because if a dude turkey were to join the rafter (yes that’s another name for a group of turkeys), we would be up to our eyeballs in turkey poults!
I was having morning meeting with the garden volunteers and staff this morning when a 3 turkey parade interrupted. I can’t compete with these dudes. (Taken with Instagram at Everett Children’s Adventure Gardens @ NYBG)
There are now three turkeys! They were seen in the pouring rain Tuesday evening in front of Wamsler Rock.
Is the third a visiting cousin? Are they like gremlins? Do they multiply when they get wet?
Submitted by Sarah Paulson, Coordinator of Teen Programs.
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Even the Garden’s resident red-tailed hawks are looking for ways to beat the heat. Lucky for them, they’re not restricted from using the Garden’s fountains as a way to cool off a bit.
Hawk contemplates taking a dip in the Fountain of Life
Yeah, I think a cooling dip sounds like a great idea!
Oh! Sweet! Relief!
So much better!
Huge thanks to Paul Silverman from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library for sending in these amazing photos!
Dragonfly in the Conservatory Courtyard Pool. Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Even turkeys like making chalk drawings at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden!
~ Sarah A. Paulson - Coordinator of Teen Programs