Guest Blogs

To Improve Your Woods, Practice ‘Worst First’ Forestry

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 03 April 2019

To Improve Your Woods, Practice ‘Worst First’ Forestry

High-grading removes the best trees and damages your woods. Turn it around and practice “worst first” forestry to boost your woods’ long-term economic and wildlife values.

Weird Woodpecker: The Northern Flicker

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Weird Woodpecker: The Northern Flicker

If a woodpecker pecks on the ground instead of wood, is it still a woodpecker? Isn’t it a ground-pecker?

The Old Stone Wall

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Old Stone Wall

The stone wall in front of the office is being demolished, one stone at a time. It isn’t father time taking back his children; it’s the hand of man removing what has become “untidy”, “unsightly”, and time-worn.

Three Tricky Maples: Red, Norway, Sugar

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Three Tricky Maples: Red, Norway, Sugar

MyWoodlot team member Tom Pavlesich has posted about his experience tapping the maple trees in his backyard and then using the sap to make maple syrup. If Tom’s posts have inspired you to tap some maples yourself, one of the first things you’ll need to know is how to identify different kinds of maple trees

The Chainsaw

Elizabeth Marks Wednesday, 12 December 2018

You didn’t think you were going to take a chainsaw safety class and not fell a 15” tree, did you?

Nature Journaling at West Branch Preserve

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Nature Journaling at West Branch Preserve

Since I had a good time nature journaling at Leon Levy Preserve, I decided to bring my notebook out with me again to the Nature Conservancy’s West Branch Preserve in Hamden, NY.

Nature Journaling at Leon Levy Preserve

Jessica Alba Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Nature Journaling at Leon Levy Preserve

I took out my journal and began to write. I started by describing my hike and my experiences, making sure to focus on my emotions and sensory observations.

Bears

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Bears

Then we heard the sound of a large animal moving through the brush…

DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

Jessica Alba Monday, 17 September 2018

DIY Rose Water and Hydrosol

It’s said that Cleopatra herself incorporated rose water potions into her own beauty routine. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to live like a queen and regularly buying rose water to use as a facial toner or hair and body mist can get quite pricey. So to save a few bucks, I decided to try making rose water with petals from my garden.

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Stefni Krutz Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Yikes, poison ivy! Wait…imposter!

Box elder is commonly mistaken for poison ivy.

A Good Kind of Litter

George Johnson Monday, 23 October 2017

A Good Kind of Litter

You might look at a leaf-covered stream and think it looks dirty. But all that leaf litter is good for water quality, both for creatures in the water and those of us who depend on it to drink.

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

George Johnson Monday, 09 October 2017

Migration: The Incredible Road Trip

Animals take some truly amazing journeys. Today, I’d like to talk about three animals that take yearly migrations and the reasons behind their treks.

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

Marilyn Wyman Monday, 11 September 2017

Guest Voice: Remembering Ray Tallman

In my 10 years of providing training to help loggers be safer and more profitable, I have met some exceptional guys. Ray Tallman was one of them.

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

George Johnson Monday, 21 August 2017

Cancer-Root: The Case of the Mysterious, Parasitic Plant

Is that a really weird-looking pinecone? That was my first thought when I came across this bizarre plant the other evening while hiking.

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.

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