Male Eastern Bluebird (Photo: Patricia Pierce on Flicker (CC by 2.0))
Monitor

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...
Community

Keeping the Hudson Open

Perhaps more than ever before, the current health crisis has demonstrated the power of nature to provide solace and a respite from stress, while also highlighting the urgency to stop plans that would limit public enjoyment of the region’s natural...
Amsterdam-Westerdok
Tomorrow

Tiny Bubbles

A canal in Amsterdam is the site of an experimental initiative that could provide a simple yet innovative solution for ending the growing proliferation of harmful plastic in the world’s oceans. A garbage truck’s worth of this waste enters the...
Athens, NY from the air
Community

Victory in Athens

Great news: A developer has withdrawn its application to create a construction and demolition debris processing facility along the Hudson River in the Town of Athens. The operation would have handled 6.4 tons of waste each week at a 6-acre...
Breakneck Fire, March 9, 2020
Alerts

Brush Fire in the Highlands

On Monday afternoon, March 9, a fire began on Breakneck Ridge near Cold Spring, N.Y. By the following morning, officials reported that 150 acres had burned on Breakneck and that fires were continuing to the north and east. Accordingly, New...
Community

Ancram Farmland Conserved

Ensuring that their East Heartland Farm will always be available to support the Town of Ancram’s agricultural economy and sustain its natural beauty, generous landowners Frank and Katherine Martucci have donated a conservation easement on the 171-acre property to Dutchess...
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Bye-Bye Plastic Bags

Americans use more than 100 billion plastic bags a year, with nearly a fifth of them carted out of stores and restaurants by New Yorkers. According to our partners at American Rivers, three times more of these bags end up...
Binnen Kill
Tomorrow

Global Deal for Nature

UN researchers estimate that 1 million plant and animal species face extinction. Meanwhile, January 2020 was the warmest in the 141 years of record-keeping. Hoping to roll back alarming statistics like these, a group of scientists have suggested making 30%...
Pine Street African Burial Site (Photo by Kristopher Johnson)
Legacy

Living Black History

Something to ponder during Black History Month: Prior to the abolition of slavery in New York in 1827, it was the largest slave-owning state north of the Mason Dixon line. The first 11 enslaved people arrived in New Amsterdam (now...
Alerts

Stop Danskammer Now

While developers of the proposed new gas-fired Danskammer power plant in Newburgh insist in public that it will be much “cleaner” than the current facility, their application to the state Siting Board reveals the truth — the plant’s more frequent combustion of...