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Kelly Rypkema
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Kelly Rypkema holds a master’s degree in Biology and is the host of "Nature in a New York Minute," a video series showcasing the wildlife, plants and geology of the city environment. Drawing on her 15-year career in environmental education, Kelly creates engaging content focused on connecting people with the nature around them. She has worked with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the award-winning North Star Academy in Newark. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder. For nature-oriented news and events, follow Kelly on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to her blog.

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Spidey's Tighty Whities

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 2:19 PM

In a real life struggle between Spiderman and Superman, just who would win? In this episode of Nature in a New York Minute, I take a look at this important question and give families a safe and simple way to explore the superhero powers of spider silk for themselves.

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Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Own Webs?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Is the thought of walking face first into a spider web enough to make you scream? In this episode of Nature in a New York Minute, I share a little experiment to help you face your inner demons and answer the age-old question "Why don't spiders stick to their own...

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9/11 Tribute in Light Attracts Many Eyes... and Birds

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:38 PM

2013-09-17-birdsinWTCbeam.jpgThe "stars" in this photo are actually migrating birds circling around the 9/11 Tribute in Light memorial. The lights appear to draw the birds off their course, but thankfully the Municipal Art Society, which produces the memorial, is cooperating...

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Why Are Cicadas So Loud? It Might Be Brood to Ask

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:23 PM

This June, periodical cicadas treated certain areas of the East Coast to their eerie serenade of love. Okay, some would call it less than a serenade, and granted, I wouldn't want a cicada to whisper sweet nothings in my ear at his impressive volume of 90 dB (give or take)....

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Living Fossils Go to Town on NYC Beaches

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:53 PM

2013-06-18-HCcloseup.jpgNew Yorkers, if you go to the beach tonight, you might witness some hanky-panky involving a lot of grabbing and intertwined...carapaces? Of course you know I mean spawning horseshoe crabs. Every May and June, during high tide around the new...

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Frogs, Salamanders Gearing Up to Start Their Dangerous Spring Migration Across Busy Roads

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:31 PM

In the coming weeks, certain species of frogs, toads, and salamanders will emerge by the thousands to migrate to their spring breeding pools. The trip can be extremely dangerous for those amphibians where roads have bisected their ancient migration paths, but biologists and volunteers with the Amphibian Crossing Project, a...

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Woodpeckers Leave Their Mark on NYC -- and Feed City Wildlife

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 1:07 PM

Without leaves to block our view, winter is an excellent time to take a peek into the lives of city animals and see the daily challenges they face. One type of woodpecker has drilled very distinctive designs throughout NYC's parks and tree-lined streets in its search for food, and other...

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Surviving Nature's Bleak Midwinter: Tips from the Evergreens

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 4:00 PM

With no refuge from the driving snow, freezing temperatures and drying winds of winter, conifers like pine trees, spruces and hemlocks still manage to survive and even thrive. See how they meet this challenge, and maybe find some inspiration for yourself in how to deal with the dark days of...

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Plant That Inspired Velcro Now Appearing in NYC Parks

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 10:50 AM

A plant quietly grows in our city that incited a revolution in how we fasten things together. In this video, I show you what it looks like and share this story of nature-inspired design involving Swiss engineer George de Mestral, some seeds, and an idea that just wouldn't let go.

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