November Species Spotlight: Amur Honeysuckle and Witch Hazel

November 18, 2021

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Amur or Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) is a perennial shrub native to China, Japan, & Korea. Like many invasive plants, Amur Honeysuckle was introduced for ornamental […]

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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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July Species Spotlight: Gypsy Moths and Parasitoid Wasps

July 21, 2021

By Robin Kuehn Invasive species: Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Lymantria dispar moths (whose new common name is currently under discussion), formerly known as Gypsy Moths, are a hot topic in […]

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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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April Species Spotlight: Red-eared Sliders and Red Efts

April 21, 2021

Contributed by Master of Science student and herpetology enthusiast Jamie Van Der Zee Spring is in the air, and an abundance of water and color returns to the Hudson valley. […]

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March Species Spotlight: Spotted Salamanders and Lesser Celandine

March 18, 2021

by Cara Gentry, WVLT Coordinator of Land Stewardship   Spotted Salamander   Warm rainy spring nights bring the amphibians marching out of the forests in search of woodland pools. The […]

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February 2021 Species Spotlight-The Native Beaver and the Invasive Phragmites

February 18, 2021

By Kaitlyn Skees, SUNY New Paltz Student/ Intern   The Native Beaver We had a great opportunity to write about beavers (castor canadensis) this month, especially because they have been […]

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