Guest Blogs

Bald Cardinals

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Bald Cardinals

You may have seen scruffy or even bald cardinals at your bird feeder. What causes that, and is it anything to worry about?

Dead and Dying Trees: Why I’m leaving some but not others

Brendan Murphy Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Dead and Dying Trees: Why I’m leaving some but not others

Guest-author Brendan Murphy is torn between two loves: bonfires and pileated woodpeckers.

To Touch or Not to Touch

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 26 June 2019

To Touch or Not to Touch

My toddler continues to teach me lessons about nature. On a recent backyard playdate, she taught me not once, but twice.

Spotted Lanternfly: A New, Unwelcome Invader

Jennifer J. Lerner Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Spotted Lanternfly: A New, Unwelcome Invader

Guest-author Jennifer J. Lerner gives you the tools to be a Spotted Lanternfly vigilante.

Waterfalls and a Mystery

Stefni Krutz Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Waterfalls and a Mystery

Humans and water go together like peas and carrots, salamanders and vernal pools, summer and ice cream.

Enhancing Biodiversity in Your Backyard

Audrey Kropp Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Enhancing Biodiversity in Your Backyard

This week on MyWoodlot, the Agroforestry Resource Center of CCE Columbia Greene describes how you can promote biodiversity in your backyard.

Making (Tree) Babies

Joshua VanBrakle Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Making (Tree) Babies

Establishing baby trees is critical for your woods’ future, but like any parenting, it takes patience and hard work.

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…

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