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...

Bird Scavenger Hunt

It’s never too early to start your kids on the road to what could become a rewarding and lifelong hobby — birdwatching. Keeping a lookout for these colorful and aerobatic creatures is a fun and interactive activity that can strengthen...

Earth Day 50: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

In the week following Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, Ned Sullivan appeared as an expert guest on a couple of popular valley radio programs. In addition to providing insight on the importance of that first event in 1970, he described strides...

It’s a Good Time to Bike

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride...
Main Street, Beacon, NY

Beacon Shines

The City of Beacon (Dutchess County) continues earning its stripes as a beacon for a sustainable future. It is one of fewer than 40 municipalities across the state to receive bronze certification as a Climate Smart Community. Its commitment to...

Park Alternatives

With the nicer weather, more and more people are heading out to popular parks and trails, making it more difficult to practice social distancing guidelines. If you’d like to skip the parks, here are some alternatives for enjoying safe outdoor...