Alerts

Mid-Pandemic, Get Outside for Winter Fun

Cold weather is no reason for human hibernation. The science is clear that being outside is better than indoors when it comes to COVID-19 risk, so just pretend you’re Scandinavian, as the New York Times has suggested, and adopt a...
Tomorrow

Three Cool Earth-Bermed Homes in the Hudson Valley

Sobering fact: the energy needed to heat, cool and power all U.S. homes accounts for 20% of national emissions. While we keep nominally improving our boxy domiciles, some have abandoned the modern home model in favor of living within the...
The back of a hiker in a bright red coat. To their left is yellow fall foliage.
Alerts

Hiking & Hunting 101

Crisp temperatures and clear air make this prime time for a hike or walk in the Hudson Valley. But with hunting season also in full swing, it’s critical to take some extra precautions before and during your ramble. Scenic Hudson...
Tomorrow

Getting Back to Hudson Valley-Milled Grain

In Februray of 2020, research published in The Journal of Food Science revealed that “whole grain” foods marketed across the United States contain as little as 9 percent actual whole grain. The discrepancy results from there being no certification guaranteeing...
Legacy

Why the Headless Horseman Lives On

This year marks the 202nd anniversary of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which appeared in Washington Irving’s The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. in 1820. Many literary authorities consider it our nation’s oldest ghost story. For sure, it’s a Halloween staple....
Monitor

Return of the Elms

On a fall Friday morning, a pickup truck arrived at Mawignack Preserve in Catskill with a long-anticipated cargo: 28 trees. For Scenic Hudson, which owns the preserve, and the Greene Land Trust, which manages it, the delivery and later planting...
Tomorrow

The Valley’s Fall Birdwatching Forecast

If you stand outside at about 9:30 p.m. and listen quietly, you might hear the distinctive “wheet” calls of the Swainson’s Thrush as they migrate south from as far north as Quebec, through New York State, and onto Central and...
Monarch Butterfly
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Mowing for Monarchs

Most homeowners rev up the mower when the grass loses its buzz-cut look. But how does Scenic Hudson decide when to mow the meadows in our parks and preserves? “It’s a balancing act,” says Land Stewardship Coordinator Dan Smith. “Whenever...
Community

At the Historic Bronson House, a Surprising Solar Success

Tucked in a corner of a medium-security state prison site is a little-known, rarely seen 19th-century mansion that has fascinated Hollywood filmmakers, a legendary investment banker and architectural historians. The Oliver Bronson House in Hudson, N.Y., features elements from renowned...