Tracking the Present

The Winter Survival Guide for Hudson Valley Animals

Hibernating sounds simple (and appealing): Just stuff yourself with rich foods like nuts all fall, then crawl into a cozy underground den and ride out the winter unconscious. The animals of the Hudson Valley actually have more complex, and varied,...

Guided Foraging in the Hudson Valley

Tramping through a patch of woods in the Hudson Highlands between Beacon and Cold Spring, James O’Neill points out edible plants and mushrooms, explaining how to identify each, how to best prepare them, and even why, environmentally speaking, you should...

Why We’re Nuts About Gray Squirrels

They dart in front of your car, maybe even your bike, then double back — squirrels may seem extra-erratic this time of year. But as we gear up for winter, it’s time to fully appreciate the creature that may actually...

Poughkeepsie’s Massive Crow Roost

As the weather cools off, crows flock to Poughkeepsie by the thousands to join a communal roost, a ritual that’s been recurring in the area for at least four decades. Though the exact roost site changes slightly from year to...

Local Cycling Rates Are Up. Can We Make Biking More Accessible?

Feel like you’ve seen a lot more cyclists cruising around the Hudson Valley lately? It’s not just your imagination. Data from the Dutchess County Transportation Council shows a 67 percent increase in average daily bike traffic on the Dutchess and...

Return of the Elms

On a fall Friday morning, a pickup truck arrived at Mawignack Preserve in Catskill with a long-anticipated cargo: 28 trees. For Scenic Hudson, which owns the preserve, and the Greene Land Trust, which manages it, the delivery and later planting...
Monarch Butterfly

Mowing for Monarchs

Most homeowners rev up the mower when the grass loses its buzz-cut look. But how does Scenic Hudson decide when to mow the meadows in our parks and preserves? “It’s a balancing act,” says Land Stewardship Coordinator Dan Smith. “Whenever...

See Sunflowers Blooming Now in the Hudson Valley

Hand-painted “here comes the sun” signs dot the entrance of an extra-inviting field on Sleight-Plass Road near La Grange. Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils is welcoming a field of blooming sunflowers for the third year. It’s among just a handful...
Danskammer Energy

New Regs May Help N.Y. Meet Its Big Climate Goals

Last year, New York State established itself as a leader in climate action when the Legislature passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The law, which the New York Times called “one of the...
Barbara Carol Ann Moran Towing Vessel

Tugspotting on the Hudson

A special antenna extends off the top of Jeff Anzevino’s roof in Highland, N.Y. Its crafty wire picks up signals from vessels going up and down the Hudson, beaming them to a satellite that feeds them back into various apps. ...