Tracking the Present

It’s National Moth Week

by Dalvin Aboagye Step outside your home on a nice night and take a look around. What do you see? Around the lights on the front porches of nearby houses, in the glow of street lights — even in the...
Japanese Knotweed

Solving a Knotty Knotweed Problem

“When I first started working here, I didn’t realize this could be such a beautiful view,” says Scenic Hudson Parks and Trails Manager Carley Kiernan. She’s referring to a place along the Red Trail at our Madam Brett Park in...

HV’s Own Local Currency

by Laura Covello What if there were one easy way to put more food on the table for less money, grow your business while reducing expenditures, experience more of the natural and cultural riches of the Hudson Valley, and support...
Red-Headed Woodpecker at Esopus Meadows Preserve

Beyond Backyard Birding

By Jacqueline Dooley Most people in the Hudson Valley are familiar with the birds they see at feeders and in their backyards. From common house sparrows that visit feeders year-round, to summer residents like ruby-throated hummingbirds and house wrens, it...
Dredging on Hudson River 2012

PCB Cleanup Update

A June 4, 2020, article in Politico reported that levels of PCB toxins in Hudson River fish have not changed significantly over the last 2 years. This raises even more doubts about the effectiveness of the Superfund cleanup conducted by...

Don’t Touch That Plant!

Trees, shrubs and wildflowers contribute so much beauty to the Hudson Valley — and joy to our lives — but here are 6 plants you definitely should stay away from while enjoying the outdoors. We’ve placed them in the order...
Alosa pseudoharengus, Common Name: Alewife

Disappearing Dams, Rebounding Ecosystems

On a spring day in 2016, workers removed an iron gate that had redirected the flow along the Wynants Kill in Troy toward an unused mill about a quarter mile from the Hudson. The goal: eliminate a dilapidated, unnecessary barrier...
Ice Skate in Tree

Trees That Eat Things

Scenic Hudson Land Stewardship Coordinator Dan Smith recently photographed an ice skate being “eaten” by a tree on one of our protected properties in Ulster County. The skate was probably abandoned alongside the tree a number of years ago. Over...

Candid Camera

What takes place in Scenic Hudson parks once the sun goes down and people go home? A series of motion-activated cameras in the forest at Shaupeneak Ridge and Black Creek Preserve give us a peek into the nocturnal activities of...
Striped Bass caught by Lauren Hepplewhite

Bass Notes

Spring is striper season on the Hudson River — a time of joy for fishing enthusiasts and biologists alike. From early April through the end of May (and, if anglers’ luck holds, into early June), striped bass will continue their...