Staten Island

A monarch butterfly opens its wings while feeding from milkweed flowers, a fire hydrant looms in the background.

Milkweed Blooms Draw Monarchs

On a hill of former trash, monarch butterflies find a haven.
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A lizard clings to a wooden fence rail.

Lizards Bask In a Haven of Their Own Making

New York City’s only state park preserve exists thanks to a lizard once released as snake food.
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Eight horseshoe crabs emerge from the waves onto the beach. Many are covered in barnacles and males are latched to females.

Horseshoe Crabs Lay Eggs Under a Full Moon

Weaving between discarded dogfish heads and tampon applicator flotsam, they are crawling.
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A small frog perched on some leaves faces away from the camera, peering off into darkness.

Lusty Heralds Call Into the Twilight

The spring peepers have defrosted to haunt the shores of ephemeral vernal pools.
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A woodchuck sits in wood chips outside a groundhog-sized log cabin. A sign over its door reads "S. I. Chuck."

Groundhogs Sleep Soundly With Hearts Slowed

Take inspiration from the woodchuck—one of our city's few truly hibernating mammals.
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A stone face, looking wind-weary, peers out from the carved keystone of a building façade.

Winds Like Knives Slice Through the Intersections

The city is a tapestry of snarled wind patterns.
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