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Threatened H.V. Amphibians Emerge in Spring’s Vernal Pools

These days, it’s not easy being green — at least if you are a Hudson Valley amphibian. Frogs and salamanders both here and around the world are facing a true threat quartet: pollution, disease, invasive species and climate change. As...

Recording Change One Photo at a Time

Environmental changes can move at a snail’s pace, making them costly to record and hard for the average person — and even scientists — to visualize. Now, Scenic Hudson has introduced an inexpensive but innovative feature in a handful of...

Go Spring Ephemeral-Spotting

The Valley may not host showy fields of tulips or bluebonnets. Yet for the hikers, painters, students, explorers, photographers and general observers among us, spring offers something compelling: a special crop of wildflowers that we can spot only for a...

Gearing Up For Amphibians’ “Big Night”

If you think amphibians’ winter-survival strategy is impressive — species like spring peepers freeze solid, with no heartbeat for months, then thaw out within hours — you’ll be amazed by the moves they make as temperatures warm. On a wet-enough...

Iroquois Pipeline Expansion Opposition Gets More Time

On Jan. 19, the then-chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, James Danly, called an extraordinary session of the commission, which reviews new fracked gas initiatives nationwide. On the agenda was an expansion of the Iroquois Pipeline, a project that...

#WildlifeLove: 12 Facts About Fishers

Our trail camera at Shaupeneak Ridge recently captured a rare photo of a fisher. It’s one of the valley’s lesser-known mammals, and what you think you know about it might be wrong. To get you up to speed, here are a dozen...

The Latest on Central Hudson’s Coal Tar Cleanup

Long before a national network of pipelines brought natural gas to the Hudson Valley, gas for lighting, heating and cooking was manufactured at plants up and down the river. Coal or other petroleum products were heated to produce a gas...

Woolly Adelgids Threaten Eastern Hemlock Trees

For generations, the canopies provided by the Eastern hemlock trees have been integral to the Empire State’s forest ecosystems. Although more plentiful in the Adirondacks, the Catskills and Hudson Valley area also host the needled evergreen — the Eastern hemlock...

Mid-Pandemic, Get Outside for Winter Fun

Cold weather is no reason for human hibernation. The science is clear that being outside is better than indoors when it comes to COVID-19 risk, so just pretend you’re Scandinavian, as the New York Times recently suggested, and adopt a...