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URBAN IS WILD: BIRDING IN NEW YORK CITY

For many birders, New York City is a mecca. The metropolis is right in the middle of many species' migratory routes. I interviewed Gabriel Willow of the New York City Audubon Society on the importance of urban habitats, why New York City is an ideal location to start birding, and the boundary between "urban" and "wild."

FORAGING WITH NEW YORK CITY'S MUSHROOM HUNTERS

Every weekend, just outside of New York City, seasoned and budding mycologists gather to forage for a natural bounty — mushrooms. I went with them to see what this past-time was all about. Not only did we seek out (and find) varieties that pair well with butter and garlic, but also those that are better left alone, like the aptly named "white death angel."