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DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

Jessica Alba Monday, 17 September 2018

DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

It’s said that Cleopatra herself incorporated rose water potions into her own beauty routine. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to live like a queen and regularly buying rose water to use as a facial toner or hair and body mist can get quite pricey. So to save a few bucks, I decided to try making rose water with petals from my garden.

Beaver Breath Smells So Sweet?

Tyler Van Fleet Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Beaver Breath Smells So Sweet?

“What’s that smell?” I thought, as a fresh minty scent swirled into my nostrils. Did this beaver use mouthwash?

Kids Already Enjoy Nature

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Kids Already Enjoy Nature

We don’t have to trick kids into liking nature. They already do.

Stewardship Story: Saving Shrublands at Westchester Land Trust’s Frederick P. Rose Preserve

Brendan Murphy Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Stewardship Story: Saving Shrublands at Westchester Land Trust’s Frederick P. Rose Preserve

To save a disappearing shrubland and the birds that rely on it, the Westchester Land Trust installed a deer fence—and cut a few trees.

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Stefni Krutz Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Box elder is commonly mistaken for poison ivy.

Art or Junk?

Karl VonBerg Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Art or Junk?

Looking at old junk in woodlands through the lens of history and aesthetics.

Stewardship Story: Saving wolf trees and evergreens by cutting vines on the Clark Preserve

Brendan Murphy Thursday, 12 July 2018

Stewardship Story: Saving wolf trees and evergreens by cutting vines on the Clark Preserve

A woodlot owner in Pound Ridge saves important wolf trees by cutting vines.

I have Japanese Stiltgrass: Part 1

Brendan Murphy Tuesday, 10 July 2018

I have Japanese Stiltgrass: Part 1

Japanese Stiltgrass invaded my meadow. Here’s what I did about it.

New State, New Chickadees

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 03 July 2018

New State, New Chickadees

A move from upstate New York to southern Pennsylvania brings a surprise: a change from black-capped to Carolina chickadees.

New Nasty: Spotted Lanternfly

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 06 June 2018

New Nasty: Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly reached the eastern US in 2014, and it’s already spread rapidly and caused immense damage to trees and fruit farms. Learn about this devastating new invasive pest before it hits your land.

I Spy Chainsaw Hazards

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 04 June 2018

I Spy Chainsaw Hazards

Chainsaw is a common yet very dangerous tool. The best time to review chainsaw safety is now.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Karl VonBerg Monday, 21 May 2018

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-pulpit gets its name from the plant’s flower, which resembles a preacher wrapped around by the pulpit. You can find it in rich, moist woods in the spring starting in May to early June.

MyWoodlot Health Alert: Sycamore Anthracnose

Brendan Murphy Monday, 14 May 2018

MyWoodlot Health Alert: Sycamore Anthracnose

Sycamore Anthracnose is a native fungus that we’re seeing a lot of this spring thanks to the cool, rainy weather. Fortunately, your sycamores will probably survive.

Scruffy Whitetails (Who's Scruffy Looking?)

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 07 May 2018

Scruffy Whitetails (Who's Scruffy Looking?)

At first I was excited to get some good deer photos. But when I looked closer, my excitement turned to concern. What was wrong with these deer?

I Bought a House with a Woodlot and Lawn…..Now What?

Brendan Murphy Wednesday, 04 April 2018

I Bought a House with a Woodlot and Lawn…..Now What?

This is the first blog in a series that shares the experiences of a new woodlot and lawn owner as he tries to make his small corner of the world a little better for wildlife.

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