Species Spotlight: Creeping Myrtle & the Great Horned Owl

December 17, 2021

By Robin Kuehn Creeping Myrtle, Vinca minor This lovely, low, purple-flowering groundcover is ubiquitous with old farmsteads and historic houses. In fact, anyone who isn’t familiar with creeping myrtle or […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Black Walnut

December 15, 2021

Foragers and Herbalists By Merrie F. Witkin This is the first of a series of columns I will be writing that focus on how to harvest and use some of […]

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October Species Spotlight: Isabella Tiger Moth (aka the Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillar) and the Spotted Lanternfly

October 14, 2021

Indigenous Species: Pyrrharctica isabella, the Isabella Tiger Moth, aka the Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillar This month we feature a species local to our area that many people hiking the Wallkill […]

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September Species Spotlight: Grapevine and Porcelain Berry

September 15, 2021

As summer transitions into fall, the grapevines begin to ripen in the Hudson Valley. New York has a few different native species of grape (Vitis spp.), with river grape (Vitis […]

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Spotted Lanternfly

September 1, 2021

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect that feeds on and damages indigenous trees as well as many crucial agricultural crops including maple, black walnut, grapes and hops. In addition […]

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WVLT Seeks Volunteers to Map Invasive Species

July 26, 2021

The effort is part of an Open Space Institute (OSI)-funded project to collect data at the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary and Joppenbergh Mountain. Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) intern Marguerite Royo, a […]

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July Species Spotlight: Gypsy Moths and Parasitoid Wasps

July 21, 2021

By Robin Kuehn The Gypsy Moth was renamed as the Spongy Moth in March of 2022, and is featured in another segment of Species Spotlight that month. Invasive species: Gypsy […]

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June 2021 Species Spotlight: the Native Black Legged Tick and the Invasive Yellow Flag Iris

June 23, 2021

By Robin Kuehn   The Native Black Legged Tick   For many of us, just thinking about the word “ticks” has us itching with that creepy crawly feeling. And for […]

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May 2021 Species Spotlight: The Native Snapping Turtle and the Invasive Water Chestnut

May 25, 2021

By Kaitlyn Skees, SUNY New Paltz Student/Intern   The Native Snapping Turtle The Snapping Turtle (chelydra serpentina) has been New York State’s official state reptile after it was nominated and […]

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