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The Dog Days of Summer Hiking

The warm sunshine is here, and it’s time to hit those sizzling trails in the Hudson Valley — but how hot is too hot for your dog to come along?  I’ve been hiking with my rescue dog, Roxy, for seven...

#Invasives101: How Bad Is Water Chestnut, Really?

When it comes to invasive species that have affected the Hudson River, water chestnuts are one of the most common. Imported to North America from Eurasia in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, the aquatic plant’s impenetrable floating beds...

Winter Hiking With Dogs

Once upon a time, I adopted the best trail buddy a gal could dream of. Roxy is a 50-pound mutt and loves hiking in all seasons, especially winter.  Being well prepared is essential for your safety, but are you prepared...

The Real Deal on Plastic Recycling

In 2019, two days before Halloween, some of America’s leading beverage companies — including the makers of Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper — announced a new campaign aimed at promoting plastic recycling and a circular economy. At the centerpiece...

Danskammer Threatens Valley’s Health and Environmental Justice

Back in 2019, the New York State Legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, mandating a decline in greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. In light of the legislation, the proposed expansion of Danskammer, a fracked-gas power plant...

#FlightWatch: The Valley’s Vanishing Nighthawks

BEEMPP! BOOM!!  and again  BEEEMPP! BOOOM! On a warm June evening, I would take the kids down to Coxsackie to wait. At the sound of “beeempp booom,” we would look up into the growing darkness to see a shadowy figure with...

Blooming Now: The Valley’s Own Native Cactus

With all the emphasis on native plants these days, you’d be forgiven for shaking your head when stumbling across a cactus on a local hike, assuming it’s not native. But here’s a surprise: two types of seemingly desert-ready cactus are...