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European Holly leaves partially covered with snow.

Is Spring 2024 on Its Way in Washington Square Park?

Plants are leafing out in…Florida, Texas, and parts of California and the Southwest! Check out the USA NPN Status of Spring tracker for more information. Would you like to take a guess when the first leaf will appear in the park? The leaves pictured above are European Holly, which is a broadleaf evergreen shrub. The

Together in Nature in Washington Square Park in 2024

Happy New Year! Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we would like to spend more time together in nature in 2024. From Dr. King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of

A Dawn Redwood with fall colored leaves.

Giving thanks for nature in Washington Square Park

Park trees are still holding onto their leaves. For example, Dawn Redwood (pictured above) is coppery bright with needles. This conifer, a tree with needle-like leaves, is deciduous. The leaves turn chestnut in the autumn and fall throughout the season. Christmas Bird Count 2023 Join us on December 17th to observe and count birds in

Morning light coming through crown of Tuliptree in Washington Square Park.

November is for Leaf Peeping in Washington Square Park

Fall Foliage Tour – November 4th Leaf peep with us and Carey Russell. Russell is a naturalist, filmmaker, forester, and more. The fall color tour is limited to 20 people. Reserve a spot. That’s a wrap on Tree Wonder 2023 Our 2023 season is over. It is getting chilly outside. The program will resume in

hover fly on a purple aster flower

Flies Love Flowers in Washington Square Park

Asters are blooming. Syrphid flies aka Flower Flies are visiting them. The USDA writes, “Flies are among the most frequent visitors to flowers and important pollinators of a wide range of plants. Syrphid flies are often referred to as flower flies….The Syrphidae family is broken down into 3 subfamilies and 15 tribes, containing more than 6,000