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Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Diana Hartel Monday, 12 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #4 – Diana Hartel

Our guest blog series by students from Columbia University’s Earth Institute concludes with an interview of Diana Hartel. Diana is an artist, author, and former environmental epidemiologist for Columbia University.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

Susan Roth Monday, 05 June 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #3 – Susan Roth

In this third guest blog from our friends at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the students interview Susan Roth. Susan is an urban planner, outdoor painter, and a member of the Wallkill River School of Art.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar: Problem in the Woods?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 29 May 2017

Eastern Tent Caterpillar: Problem in the Woods?

On a recent drive through the woods, I saw trees loaded with eastern tent caterpillar tents. When landowners see these tents on their trees, they often worry: are my trees doomed? And what can I do to save them?

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #2 – Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce Monday, 22 May 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #2 – Shawn Dell Joyce

Our guest blog series from Columbia University students continues. This week they interview Shawn Dell Joyce, a painter, educator, and founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit that offers outdoor painting workshops on open spaces and small farms.

Need a Break? Find Two Trees

Tyler Van Fleet Monday, 15 May 2017

Need a Break? Find Two Trees

I love setting up my hammock in the park near my apartment in Queens. I can turn an urban park into my very own woodland oasis with a few pieces of basic equipment. Want to get into the swing of things? Follow these steps.

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #1 – Elissa Gore

Elissa Gore Monday, 08 May 2017

Guest Voice: Outdoor Artist Interviews #1 – Elissa Gore

Last fall, we teamed up with Columbia University students to create new outdoor projects we could share. The students came through with information on painting or drawing in nature, called plein air art. They also interviewed four artists to get their perspective on the value of creating art outside.

To See Birds, Embrace Bugs

Josh VanBrakle Monday, 01 May 2017

To See Birds, Embrace Bugs

Take away bugs, and it doesn’t matter how much seed you put out. You aren’t providing what birds really need. 96% of North America’s terrestrial birds depend on insects, spiders, and the like to feed their young.

A Tale of Two Trees: Why Protecting Planted Trees Matters

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 24 April 2017

A Tale of Two Trees: Why Protecting Planted Trees Matters

Here at MyWoodlot, one of the most common reasons we hear why people don’t use tree tubes or bark protectors is that they can be eyesores. But while they might look bad for a few years, they’re worth it in the long run, as I discovered with two larches I planted.

Ten Projects You Can Do on Your Land This Earth Day

Josh VanBrakle Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ten Projects You Can Do on Your Land This Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, and woodland owners are in a better position than most to make a difference. Here are ten projects you can do this Earth Day (or just about any day) to give back to nature.

Shrikes: 1.5 Ounces of Death from Above

Josh VanBrakle Monday, 17 April 2017

Shrikes: 1.5 Ounces of Death from Above

Last week I wrote about hawthorn shrubs and how valuable they are to wildlife, especially birds. But in that discussion, I didn’t have a chance to talk about one of the most impressive wildlife interactions with hawthorn: its use by shrikes.

Seeking Log “Bolts” for Shiitake Mushroom Production in New York State Cornell Small Farms Program

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Seeking Log “Bolts” for Shiitake Mushroom Production in New York State Cornell Small Farms Program

Shiitake mushrooms are an agroforestry crop farmed on small log bolts; the Cornell Small Farms Program is seeking bolt sellers to encourage New York State shiitake production.

Hawthorn for Wildlife

Josh VanBrakle Monday, 10 April 2017

Hawthorn for Wildlife

I was looking through my pictures recently when I noticed a trend. A lot of my bird photos had the bird in the same kind of plant: a hawthorn.

Skunk Cabbage: Swamp Thing of Spring

Tyler Van Fleet Monday, 27 March 2017

Skunk Cabbage: Swamp Thing of Spring

My heart rate quickens as my eyes sweep across dozens of bright green fingers poking out of the ground. It’s as if a buried creature is starting to emerge . . . and launch an attack?!

Curiosity Aroused over “Fancy Phones”

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 20 March 2017

Curiosity Aroused over “Fancy Phones”

I still have a flip phone (shocking, I know!). For what I need, it gets the job done. But lately even I’ve realized my flip phone has limits. I hate to admit it, but smartphones do have some advantages for those who spend time in the woods.

First Time Tappers Part 4

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 13 March 2017

First Time Tappers Part 4

I learned a ton of lessons by the close of my first maple tapping season. Some came from the advice of friends. Others came through epic failure. Here are a few of my favorites.

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