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Backyard Scavenger Research: Part 2

Kris Brown Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Backyard Scavenger Research: Part 2

Last week, I shared how I placed a deer hide (from a deer I processed) in front of a trail camera to capture photos of scavenging wildlife. This week’s blog shows what happened after I put out the rest of the carcass.

Backyard Scavenger Research: Part I

Kris Brown Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Backyard Scavenger Research: Part I

I was lucky enough to get a deer during the 2021 early bow season in the Catskills. After processing it in the garage, I had about 40 lbs. of venison, 25 of which would become deer burger.I debated about what to do with the remaining deer carcass. Then I remembered some amazing bald eagle photos that MyWoodlot team member Tom Pavlesich captured by placing roadkill deer in front of his backyard trail camera.  

Portable Skidder Bridge Installation at Siuslaw Model Forest

kris Brown Wednesday, 05 January 2022

Portable Skidder Bridge Installation at Siuslaw Model Forest

Skidder bridge replacement job done at Siuslaw Model Forest. Thank you B&B Forest Products Ltd. of Cairo, NY!

Wood: Tough as nails?

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Wood: Tough as nails?
Have you seen the not-so-obvious things that are made from wood? Well, now here is another one: wooden nails, along with some other interesting items.

Portable Bridges? What? Why?

Jeanette Bend Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Portable Bridges? What? Why?

A sharp-eyed commuter notices a new bridge over a stream on her way to work. She stops to find out what’s happening in the woods in the middle of winter. 

Logging, what goes on?

Jack Van Buren Wednesday, 08 December 2021

Logging, what goes on?

Guest author Jack Van Buren has a road-side chat with a logger to learn more about what loggers do for a living and what goes on during a timber harvest. 

Stay on the Trail: Scouting the Winter Woods for Wildlife

Kris Brown Thursday, 02 December 2021

Stay on the Trail: Scouting the Winter Woods for Wildlife

Winter is a great time of year to scout for wildlife sign, or to simply take a nature walk. The leaf-off season means you can see long distances in the woods and snow-covered ground serves as a short-term record of wildlife using the area.   

Scouting Land for Trees for Tribs

Jessica Alba Thursday, 02 December 2021

Scouting Land for Trees for Tribs

What makes a good tree planting site and how do I qualify for Croton Trees for Tribs?

Forests and Bird Migration

Pammi Price Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Forests and Bird Migration

In New York, migrating birds can be seen flying south in fall on their way to wintering grounds in the southern United States, Central and South America.  Birds migrate to fulfill two primary resource needs – food and nesting locations.  In fall, available insects and other food sources decrease, so some birds migrate to areas with higher amounts of food resources.

I Stepped Inside a Fairy Ring and Lived

Kris Brown Wednesday, 17 November 2021

I Stepped Inside a Fairy Ring and Lived

It was 6:00 AM on October 3rd. I had just turned off my headlamp after getting situated in my climbing treestand. Everything was dark except for some white splotches on the ground beneath me. 

Beech Beauty

Karl VonBerg Sunday, 14 November 2021

Beech Beauty

The major leaf fall has occurred in the Catskills and the landscape has turned drab brown. But wait! There is still vibrant color out there.

Forensics in the Forest

Jess Alba Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Forensics in the Forest

Are your woods hiding any spooky secrets?
New research suggests that it is possible to use forest chemistry to locate missing human remains. However, more research needs to be done for this to be applied practically.

A Clear-Cut Controversy

Jess Alba Wednesday, 13 October 2021

A Clear-Cut Controversy

If a tree falls down in a forest, does it ever grow back?

B&B Forest Products Ltd. Builds a Skidder Bridge for Siuslaw Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 22 September 2021

B&B Forest Products Ltd. Builds a Skidder Bridge for Siuslaw Model Forest

At a skidder bridge building workshop a few years back, several loggers had innovative ideas to improve the bottleneck of drilling holes in the bridge cants. However, no one suggested getting a bigger drill. 

2021 Ash Mortality Monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest

Kris Brown Wednesday, 15 September 2021

2021 Ash Mortality Monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest

In 2018, which was Year 1 of ash mortality monitoring at Siuslaw Model Forest, 15 of the 42 trees we assessed had succumbed to the emerald ash borer. As I planned to return to help with Year 4 data collection, I thought we’d have a short field day because all the ash would be dead.

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