Category: Natural Selections

For the Love of Swans?
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For the Love of Swans?

January 10, 2019November 11, 2019

Note from the ED: Sara Kempton, Director of the Programs for the Friends, is the biggest fan of swans on the Friends’ staff while the others are really not because of the ecological impact of these non-native birds.  Therefore, we decided that she should be the one to write a blogpost about the impact of...

Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Our Natural Areas
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Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Our Natural Areas

November 8, 2018November 11, 2019

Below are the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park ‘s 10 Most Wanted Invasive Plant Species in Van Cortlandt Park (in alphabetical order).  Learn more about the invasives species trying to take over our forests by clicking on each name to see their Wanted Poster.  Please note: there are plenty more invasives in the Park but...

Natural Selections: It takes about half a day to get there, if you travel by Dragonfly.
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Natural Selections: It takes about half a day to get there, if you travel by Dragonfly.

March 22, 2018November 11, 2019

Editor’s note: In honor of World Water Day (March 22nd annually) today’s Natural Selections post is focused on Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) who call Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake home.  Alex Byrne will introduce you to these fascinating creatures and share with you why you spend some time watching them in the Park. It...

Natural Selections of VCP: Meet the Carpenter Ant
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Natural Selections of VCP: Meet the Carpenter Ant

January 29, 2018November 11, 2019

Editor’s note: We would like to introduce you to our newest blogpost series- Natural Selections of Van Cortlandt Park.  This series will focus on the creatures that call Van Cortlandt Park home.  With well over half of its 1,146 acres being comprised of natural habitats- forests, wetlands, a lake and meadows- many plants and animals...

Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park
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Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park

December 15, 2017November 11, 2019

The Buggy Down Bronx:Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park by: Alex Byrne As the Jurassic faded into the Cretaceous, planet earth began to experience a revolution in sociality with the radiation of one of the most ecologically dominant groups of animals to date, the ants. By living communally in colonies that can number in...