Tracking the Present

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Black Creek

Ensuring the permanent conservation of irreplaceable habitats on and along Black Creek and supporting the creation of a long-distance trail paralleling this important Hudson River tributary, Scenic Hudson has protected 66 acres in the Town of Lloyd, Ulster County. Here...

#WildlifeLove: Why the Tiny Shrew Will Blow Your Mind

Shrews aren’t just terms out of Shakespeare. In fact, Shakespeare is brand-new compared to actual shrews, animals that have been around for 45 million years and haven’t changed much in 10 million. To this day, they are one of the...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Seven Wells

Visiting Dover Stone Church is one of the most fascinating outdoor adventures in the Hudson Valley. Seeing the potential to create public access to more of the extraordinary natural and geological features around it, Scenic Hudson partnered with the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Dutchess...

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...

#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...

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...

Chasing Rainbows in the Hudson Valley

Rainbows seem to be everywhere right now. In the Hudson Valley, they often appear with spring and summer showers. And they turn up all over clothing, parades, and other displays of LGBTQ+ pride, especially during June. What do we know...

#WildlifeLove: River Otters Play in the Valley Again

Otters aren’t just oceanic creatures — their semi-aquatic mammal cousins, North American river otters, are found all over the continent, including in the Hudson Valley. Recent local sightings, like Riverkeeper’s at the Westerly Marina in Ossining, have made many people...

Three Reasons This Land Save is a Plus: Illinois Mountain

A prime mid-valley destination for recreation by foot or mountain bike, Illinois Mountain also is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. To enhance the public’s enjoyment of this landmark in the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County) and permanently conserve more of...