Bird Watching from Indoors (Photo: MIKI Yoshihito on Flickr)

Bird Breeding Atlas

Want to contribute to a scientific project while doing something you may already love? Then sign up to start providing data for New York’s Bird Breeding Atlas. This initiative, spearheaded by the New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State...
Rick Ostfeld holding a white-footed mouse

Tackling Ticks

Enjoying outdoor exercise helps boost our immune system and relieve stress, which has never been more important. But while a walk in the woods may keep you healthy on one hand, it also makes you a prime candidate for contracting...
Pre & Post COVID-19 (1-20-2020 vs. 3-20-2020)

Silver Lining

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to exert a catastrophic toll on human life and the economy, it has wound up having an unintended benefit on the environment. An interactive map created by Earther vividly documents how governments’ efforts to check...
Bobcat

Big Beasts

Occasionally we hear about mountain lion sightings in the Hudson Valley. And within short order, the stories are usually debunked. While the DEC states that New York has not sustained a native population of mountain lions (aka cougars) since the...
Male Eastern Bluebird (Photo: Patricia Pierce on Flicker (CC by 2.0))

Red, White & Bluebird

“When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.” —John Burroughs Spotting a male eastern...

Snow Birds

Why do some birds in the Hudson Valley opt NOT to fly south for the winter, instead braving the cold and congregating at backyard birdfeeders? First and foremost, they’ve decided it takes less energy to forage locally for food —...
Gilboa Fossil

On the Stump

Traces of the earliest trees — and forest — yet to be discovered on Earth were found just outside the Hudson Valley in Gilboa, Schoharie County. From the fossilized stumps, scientists estimate that the trees, in the genus Wattieza, grew...
Eastern Yellow Robin

For the Birds

You may already have heard about this staggering conclusion of a recent study — over the last half century, some 25 percent of birds in North America have vanished. Those hardest hit have been birds that depend on grasslands —...

Nature Prescription

For the last year, doctors on Scotland’s Shetland Islands have been given the OK to treat patients with nature. The idea for these “green prescriptions” — whether going for a walk, beachcombing or birdwatching — takes its cue from the...
Nfamara Badjie working in his rice farm (photo by John Munson, courtesy of Cornell University)

African Transplanting

Farmer Nfamara Badjie is trying something that hasn’t been done in the Hudson Valley in more than 180 years — growing rice. While Henry Warner failed in his attempt to establish rice paddies in Constitution Marsh in the 1830s, Badjie...