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07.06.15 Yojimbot

New York City is host to a unique ecosystem of native and introduced species. While woodland species are confined to the city’s parks, there are a few exceptions that seem to thrive in our urban landscape. See who runs shit in the concrete jungle with this list of the most successful birds and their rankings, […]

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06.02.15 Liam Mathews

The MTA released excellent photos and a video of the baby and adult peregrine falcons that live atop the Throgs Neck, Verrazano, and Marine Park Bridges. According to the MTA, every year at the end of May, DEC scientist Chris Nadareski climbs the bridges and puts identifying bands on the newly-hatched chicks. The chicks are […]

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05.08.15 Prachi Gupta

The enlightened already know that pigeons are underrated. But did you know they are were also muses for famous scientists like Darwin and B.F. Skinner? Watch Vox’s mini-documentary, above, to learn about how pigeons helped American society. […]

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03.24.15 Prachi Gupta

The city is slowly warming up, and the wild parrots of Brooklyn are coming out to play. The Bensonhurst Bean posted a photo on Monday of three parrots recently spotted on West 4th Street. The wild monk parakeet, otherwise known as the quaker parrot, is not an uncommon sight in some parts of South Brooklyn. […]

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03.12.15 Prachi Gupta

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to wipe out the mute swan population has hit a major roadblock: people like them. Months after announcing its intention to kill more than 2,000 swans by gassing them, shooting them, or oiling their eggs, on Monday, the department released a revised plan that instead asks the […]

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12.30.14 Rhett Jones

There are few sounds in the world more annoying than a drunk person singing: Everything’s off tune, out of time, and slurred up to sap any musical joy. The only upside is that it can serve as a warning that someone you want to avoid may be approaching you. For an experiment that seems like an idea […]

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08.25.14 Sophie Weiner

Quoth the raven, “The fuck you lookin’ at?” The New York Times reports that ravens have been sighted in Chelsea and Greenwich Village over the last few months. The common raven is native to much of North America, but there had been only a few sightings of the bird in the city until the 1960’s. (Edgar Allen Poe’s famous […]

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08.04.14 Sophie Weiner

Last Friday, a bird took a well-timed shit on Vladimir Putin, while he was giving a speech at the unveiling of a monument commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The poop landed on the Russian President’s tailored suit shoulder, as he said, “Humankind should grasp one truth: violence generates violence.” Watch the video […]

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06.13.14 Marina Galperina

A group of small, blue and white birds have been harassing the workers of an air-conditioning store in Woodside, Queens. For about a week, they have been swooping down at people coming in and out of the store, pecking them. One bird has been attempting to forcefully nest in an employee’s hair. Another worker told […]

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05.29.14 Andy Cush

Peregrine Falcons — majestic, once-endangered birds of prey — have a habit of nesting on top of New York City’s bridges. Recently, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection tagged some peregrine chicks living on top of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano Bridges, and took the above photos. The young birds are at once […]

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