Rounding Up Family and Friends to Monitor Eels

Growing up in Queens, I never once thought, “I’d like to study eels one day,” but in early 2020 my teenage son was looking for volunteer opportunities. When I heard about the eel monitoring that Scenic Hudson collaborates on with...

#WildlifeLove: Rethinking the Humble Beaver

Beavers figured prominently in North America’s past — they were appreciated by Indigenous people for millennia, and are the main reason the Dutch chose the Hudson Valley to settle. Yet they could play an even bigger role in our future....

#WildlifeLove: 9 Wild Facts about Porcupines

Arguably, the porcupine — technically, the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) — is the Hudson Valley’s oddest-looking creature. Everybody knows about their quills, but we discovered there’s lots more to learn about these elusive mammals, including unusual calls and smells and...

The Coast Guard’s Icebreakers Are Back at Work

It’s almost unbelievable now to imagine that there was a point during the early 20th century when cars could zip across the solid surface of the frozen river from Nyack to Tarrytown with ease. While the river probably won’t freeze...

Quiz: Hudson Valley Animal Tracks

When you’re outside exploring this winter or spring, you’re likely to come across various local animals’ prints in the snow (or in the case of the creatures who hibernate, in the mud). How many of their hoof, claw and paw...

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...

#WildlifeLove: 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. But as we get into the heart of winter, it’s time to fully appreciate the creature that may actually be the...