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On the Hunt for Mushrooms in the Valley

They may not always be edible, but mushrooms are at least touchable. According to Hudson Valley mycologist Luke Sarrantonio, you can safely touch any mushroom without worrying about getting poisoned. Sarrantonio studied mycology, the study of fungi, at SUNY’s College...
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#WildlifeLove: The Cheeky Ways Chipmunks Operate

Next to gray squirrels, their rodent cousins, Eastern chipmunks are probably the most frequently spotted mammal in parks and backyards throughout the Hudson Valley. But how much do you really know about these cute critters with the chubby cheeks? Take...
Tomorrow

Cooling Green Roofs Turn Up Along the Hudson

When Harry Lipstein decided to cover the roof of his black-box theater with plants instead of a more typical cover such as black asphalt, he saw it as a way of giving back. Lipstein is the founder and producing art...
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Why to Support These New Bike Safety Bills for N.Y. State

In this year’s ranking of bike-friendly states conducted annually by the League of American Bicyclists, New York placed 13th. (FYI, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, California, and Minnesota hold places one through five, respectively.)  But in the category “Traffic Laws and Practices” — a...
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Fireflies: Beautiful, And in Need of Our Help

They are the earthbound constellations of summer. They swoop and dive, creating patterns in the darkness so reminiscent of a twinkling, star-filled sky that one species common to the Hudson Valley is nicknamed the “Big Dipper.” They are fireflies, the...
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Plug into Nature Through Ten Great Apps

Let’s face it: most of us cannot live without our cell phones. We easily spend hours staring at the device in our palm, tending to emails, news alerts, and those ever-addicting social media notifications. Yet more people are making it a...
Legacy

Why Each Enduring Hudson River Lighthouse Is So Special

To keep passengers and cargo safe during their travels on the Hudson River, mariners once relied on more than a dozen lighthouses alerting them to hazards that could doom a ship. Today, only seven of these historic beacons remain.  Fortunately,...