Tag Archives: Nature

Baby Bongo Born at the Franklin Park Zoo!


A baby Eastern Mountain Bongo named Mdogo (click the link for pictures and the story from Buzzfeed) was born at the Franklin Park Zoo on August 21, 2013!  These Bongos are a critically endangered species of antelope in central Kenya.

A Western Lowland Bongo Photo by Greg Hume
A Western Lowland Bongo
Photo by Greg Hume

Of course, as beautiful as they are, they’re not as popular as the lions and tigers, but Mdogo’s birth is important because bongos are part of the Species Survival Plan set up by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It is thought that only about 100 Eastern Mountain Bongos survive in the wild.  As cool as it is to see rabbits hopping around at the park or coyotes wandering through town, it’s even more incredible to be able to take the family to the zoo to see animals that may soon be extinct in the wild – especially if it helps kids to understand how important it is to take an interest in conservation that could ultimately prevent that extinction from ever happening!

And just since they’re so darn cute, here’s a link to a video of a baby bongo frolicking at the Melbourne Zoo.


Nature in the City: Hall’s Pond Sanctuary

Great Blue Heron.  I think he's waiting for a bus.
Great Blue Heron. Probably just waiting for a bus.

Over in Brookline, just a few blocks from Fenway Park, you can find the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary and Amory Park.  The sanctuary, with a central marshy pond surrounded by the Amory Woods, is home to a number of birds like the Great Blue Heron in the picture above.  The woods have trails to explore and the pond is surrounded by a boardwalk. Continue reading Nature in the City: Hall’s Pond Sanctuary

Finding Nature in the City with Your Kids

Hall's Pond Sanctuary - on the Green Line
Hall’s Pond Sanctuary – on the Green Line

My daughter has always needed nature.  She’s enjoyed hikes and bug hunts since she could walk.  One of her biggest concerns when we first discussed moving to Boston was losing her access to it.  Fortunately, the natural world isn’t easily put off – at most, it can be organized into gardens or hidden in plain sight. Continue reading Finding Nature in the City with Your Kids

City Nature: Bunny!!!

Bunny in the City
Bunny in the City

We saw this little fella in the park near our apartment and discovered that it is most likely either a New England Cottontail Rabbit or an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit.  According to this article in livescience.com, the New England Cottontail has recently been moving closer and closer to the endangered species list as it is outcompeted by the Eastern Cottontails that were introduced for hunting.  Of course, it’s always lovely to see creatures out and about and I certainly hope that this little guy is a true New Englander and not just an Eastern transplant like me, but it’s also sad to learn of a species in decline.