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...
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...