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It's Alive! ... Alive!

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 05 August 2020

It's Alive! ... Alive!

Trees are tough. This week on MyWoodlot.com, Stefni Krutz shares examples of trees that are alive and well (mostly), despite some ghastly injuries or harsh growing conditions. Don’t look if you’re squeamish.

Micro Hiking

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Micro Hiking

When you’re looking for a new place to explore, sometimes it’s best to start small.

Spotting Spots

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Spotting Spots

With the rise of the Asian ladybeetle, it can be difficult to find one of our many native ladybug species. To increase your odds of success, you have to know where to look.

Leaf Scorch

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Leaf Scorch

Last summer, I looked up and noticed something strange about the sugar maple tree that shades my favorite picnic table. Many of the leaves were brown on the margins.

Biggest Solar Farm Ever

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Biggest Solar Farm Ever

New York has a vast ‘solar farm’ in that about two-thirds of the state’s land cover (18 million acres) is forested.

How much do you know about forest conservation options for your land?

Kris Brown & Tyler Van Fleet Wednesday, 01 July 2020

How much do you know about forest conservation options for your land?

At some point, you’re probably going to face some big decisions about the future of your land. When you do, will you know your options? Our ongoing study looks at this question for landowners in the NYC Watershed.

Using the iNaturalist App to (Almost) Solve a Mystery

Tyler Van Fleet Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Using the iNaturalist App to (Almost) Solve a Mystery

What is THAT?! Use the free, powerful iNaturalist app to help identify what you find in the woods.

A Tale of Two Tails

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 17 June 2020

A Tale of Two Tails

When digging weeds out of my garden area this spring I dug up more earthworms than you can shake a trowel at. In the midst of this earthworm fest, I came upon a curious creature: an earthworm with two tails.

Black swallow-wort: A nasty invader

Matt Smentana Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Black swallow-wort: A nasty invader

Clearpool Model Forest is hitting back against black swallow-wort.

Dame’s Rocket: The Hateful Hesperis

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Dame’s Rocket: The Hateful Hesperis

Such beauty. What fragrance! Do you have what it takes to remove her?

That Like Bite a With Hide Why

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 27 May 2020

That Like Bite a With Hide Why

Some observations are best begun at the beginning, but this one will be more interesting if we begin at the end: with this green object in the middle of a mud puddle.

Because They Can Can Urticant

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Because They Can Can Urticant

Caterpillars can be so stunning that many people want to place one in their palm. If this sounds like you, it’s probably best that you read this first.

Winging-it Venison Stew

Heather Hilson Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Winging-it Venison Stew

Cooking can be cathartic. This week on MyWoodlot, Heather Hilson shares her Winging-it Venison Stew recipe, cooked low and slow. It’s hearty and comforting – perfect for those colder rainy spring days in the Catskills.

Turned Vernal Pools: Toad Eggs and Tadpoles

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Turned Vernal Pools: Toad Eggs and Tadpoles

Spotted salamanders weren’t the only amphibians laying eggs in the pools. Something had laid eggs in a single line that often spiraled. Some of these eggs were laid on top of the salamander masses.

Implacable Invertebrates

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Implacable Invertebrates

Vernal pools play host to many forms of wildlife. An important part of these are the invertebrates which have roles as both predator and prey.

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