URBAN ECOLOGY BLOG

June 5, 2018

I can still remember the morning last spring.  I was watching birds at Woodland Cemetery, searching for migrating songbirds.  Then, on the bare branch of a tall tree high above the ground I saw a bird which caught my full attention.  I could see it as a silhouette agai...

April 20, 2018

Cities are ecosystems of the human habitat, and urban exploration prompts the discovery of this emerging ecosystem. Wherever you find yourself in the city, the land around you is bustling with a complex system of plants, mammals, birds, bugs, and more. Throughout my ow...

March 4, 2018

Although as I’m writing this on March 2nd, 2018, when Philadelphia is in the middle of snowy and windy Northeaster that makes it hard to believe winter wasn’t a wet cold mess, February 2018 was one of the warmest in memory, matching or beating records that were held si...

January 25, 2018

If you look around at about 1-4 ft off the ground in brush, you can find mantis egg cases. These eggcases are called "ootheca" in science, which means there are multiple babies inside ready to hatch given the cue.  This one was found about 10 feet from one of our green...

January 18, 2018

This four inch mushroom was seen growing at the beginning of December after a rainstorm. This mushroom, called the shaggy mane mushroom, grows in lawns and meadows. It’s clear where its name comes from by looking at the shaggy appearance of the cap (top bell-looking pa...

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