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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.

Coltsfoot: Early Spring Wildflower

Karl VonBerg Monday, 26 March 2018

Coltsfoot: Early Spring Wildflower

While driving down the road in early spring, you may see yellow flowers and think the dandelions are back. But those flowers aren’t dandelions at all. They’re coltsfoot.

Listen to the Silence

Karl VonBerg Monday, 12 February 2018

Listen to the Silence

I am moving through the slowly falling snow, back in the woods far from any road. There is no breeze. Suddenly it hits me. There is no sound right now. I stop to take it in, that rarest of rare finds in our noisy modern world: utter, complete, total silence.

Winter Robins

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 29 January 2018

Winter Robins

I encountered a lot of skepticism about this “winter robin.” People told me I couldn’t have seen what I saw. After hearing that from a few folks, I decided to set the record straight.

Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 15 January 2018

Order Your Spring Trees…in Winter?

Many tree suppliers start taking spring orders in January. If you plan on planting trees this year, order them now for the best chance of getting the number and kinds of trees you want.”

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

Karl VonBerg Monday, 01 January 2018

Sycamores: Strange-Looking, Streamside-Loving Trees

American sycamores are really catchy-looking trees, especially in winter. The other day I happened to look out a window at work and couldn’t help but say aloud, “That is a huge sycamore tree!”

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Karl VonBerg Monday, 18 December 2017

Red Candles of Winter: Staghorn Sumac

Driving a country road recently on a cold, crystal-clear day, I noticed the fat red spires of staghorn sumac seed clusters silhouetted against the deep blue sky.

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