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Smartphone Birding with the Merlin App

Jess Alba Wednesday, 21 July 2021

When I come across an unfamiliar bird I usually rely heavily on field guides and the knowledge of others to help me learn which species I’m looking at. I didn’t have any field guides or ornithologist friends with me on this walk, so instead I pulled out my phone and opened my Merlin Bird ID app.

Profitability of Logging in the NYC Watershed

Kris Brown Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Profitability of Logging in the NYC Watershed

In 2018, researchers at SUNY-ESF published a paper about the profitability of timber harvesting, from a logger’s perspective, in the NYC Watershed and surrounding areas (link to article). The study examined 23 logging jobs and found that almost half were losing money.

Assessing Deer Browsing Impacts at Lennox Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 07 July 2021

Assessing Deer Browsing Impacts at Lennox Model Forest

Cornell Cooperative Extension developed a method called Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) that anyone can use to assess deer browsing impacts in their area. Annual measurements of seedling heights are the basis for quantifying the impact of deer browse. Over time, this data can help to inform management decisions to reduce deer browsing impacts so that desirable tree species may grow.

Snags Loom Over the Garage

Kris Brown Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Snags Loom Over the Garage

While standing dead trees (aka snags) provide wildlife habitat, you don’t want them hanging over your house. Follow along as I begin the planning process to bring them down.

Caddisfly Larvae, Small Critters With Big Abilities: Stabilizing Streams

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Caddisfly Larvae, Small Critters With Big Abilities: Stabilizing Streams

Would you ever guess a one-inch, worm-like larva could slow erosion in a stream?

Why High Lumber Prices?

Karl VonBerg Monday, 24 May 2021

Why High Lumber Prices?

Why is that lumber for my DIY project or new home costing 3x what it did last year at this time?

The Early Spring Things You See in the Woods

Kris Brown Wednesday, 19 May 2021

The Early Spring Things You See in the Woods

Who doesn’t get excited for spring, especially in the north country? When I finally emerged from winter torpor, I started woods hiking like it was my job. Along the way, I came across several harbingers of spring, as well as some decidedly random woods finds.

The Trees for Tribs Story at Sylvan Glen

Bill Kellner Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Trees for Tribs Story at Sylvan Glen

Yorktown’s popular Sylvan Glen Park Preserve has a rich land use history that has shifted from mining to hiking trails, but one thing that has remained constant through the years is the need for a strong riparian zone.

Planting by Water

Janet Anderson Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Planting by Water

When Lake Waccabuc needed help fighting erosion and runoff, the Three Lakes Council turned to trees to save the day.

Who Drank that Water and Where in the World Did it Come From?

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Who Drank that Water and Where in the World Did it Come From?

Who else might have drunk the water you drank today? Where in the world did it came from? South Africa? Hong Kong?

Woods Fight Coronavirus

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Woods Fight Coronavirus

A compound found in the boreal woods of Finland is being developed into antiviral products to help us with the coronavirus.

Transplanting Leeks

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Transplanting Leeks

Getting leeks (or ramps) to spread in your woodlot for future harvest.

Early Spring: A Great time to Spot and Remove Invasive Plants

Tyler Van Fleet Thursday, 01 April 2021

Early Spring: A Great time to Spot and Remove Invasive Plants

Now is a great time to identify and remove some common non-native invasive plant species from your woodlot. 

Color Hike at the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

Jess Alba Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Color Hike at the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

I spy with my little eye… something colorful in the woods.

Amphibian Migration: A Big Night Surprise

Audrey Kropp Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Amphibian Migration: A Big Night Surprise

Hang the poncho by the door and change the batteries in your flashlight. It will soon be time for “Big Night”, when amphibians meet at the local vernal pool to mate.

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