Flora and Fauna: Pothos Plant

This sun-loving plant is great for beginning indoor gardeners - easy to please, as well as propagate.  Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) also known as devil's ivy and hunters robe, among other nicknames is a wonderful indoor garden addition. I currently have three of these plants, and have found that they tend to be pretty easy-going. Sometimes I'll [...]

Flora and Fauna: Jade Plants

These gorgeous low maintenance plants may grow to be your favorite part of your indoor garden. Older jade plants (Crassula ovata) may begin to look like small trees, but they are actually succulents! What this means is they really don't need a lot of water - you are more likely to kill them with over [...]

Flora and Fauna: Eastern Grey Squirrel

Eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are well adapted to surviving winter and many of their natural predators are less abundant in cities which make urban habitats an unlikely but relatively ideal setting for these crafty rodents. Between the tasty things we throw out and their preferred edibles that literally grow on trees and there is no [...]

Flora & Fauna: Coyotes

If you thought an urban landscape couldn't support these wild canines, think again. Coyotes (Canis latrans) are above all, intelligent - after all, they've long had to share habitats with predators bigger and more powerful than them, If you haven't seen Coyotes in your neighborhood it doesn't mean they're not there - it just means [...]

Flora & Fauna: Common Backyard Herbs

There are plenty of plants you probably pass right by on your walk to work that are edible, medicinal and best of all - easy to identify. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This plant is both edible and highly medicinal - just about every part of it. The flowers are delicious when battered and fried, and you [...]

Flora & Fauna: Air Plants

Air plants (Tillandsia) are one the the most exotic low-maintenance plants you can keep in your apartment. Air plants are actually a genus of plants, and there are countless different species you can buy - that come in various shapes and colors. Generally speaking they hail from tropical climates, which is part of the reason [...]

Flora and Fauna – Virginia Opossum

The Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) may be the strangest neighbor you don't even know you have. These odd looking critters are not only the sole marsupial inhabitants of New York City, but also the continent of North America. They are excellent climbers, and quite crafty, so they have a habit of getting themselves in all [...]