Foragers & Herbalists: Hudson Valley Summer Cherries

June 28, 2024

By Merrie Witkin June 2024 In the Hudson Valley, cherry season is fleetingly short.   Sweet cherries begin to appear at farmers markets and farm stands in mid- to late […]

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Native Service Berry, and Invasive Wineberry

March 29, 2024

By Claire Hartl Leonardi Native Species: Serviceberry – Amelanchier spp. Serviceberry. Juneberry. Shadbush. Saskatoon. There are many common names for shrubs in the genus Amelanchier. Whichever name you call it, serviceberry […]

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All Bees are Pollinators, but Not All Pollinators are Bees

May 24, 2023

By Beth Rigby When the word pollinator comes to mind, bee immediately follows. It is a well-known fact that bees are the exceptional honey producers and pollinators; honeybees alone contribute […]

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Late Spring – Early Summer Wildflower Walk

May 24, 2023

By Cara Gentry In early 2020, as more and more people were finding comfort in spending time outdoors, I wrote a spring wildflower walk for Joppenbergh Mountain. Since then, many […]

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April Species Spotlight: Spotted Turtle and Scotch Broom

April 25, 2023

By Cara Gentry   Native Species: Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) Once a very common species, spotting a spotted turtle these days is a rare and special treat. They can be […]

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Understanding the Differences between Wild Bees and Domestic Bees

April 24, 2023

By Beth Rigby Have you ever heard of the term ‘domestic bee’? Maybe you have asked yourself one of the following questions: How are domestic bees different from wild bees? […]

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March Species Spotlight: American Mink and Chinese Mystery Snail

March 25, 2023

Native Species: American Mink (Neogale vision) Earlier this month one of our dedicated chainsaw volunteers was out on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail clearing up some dead ash trees which […]

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January Species Spotlight: North American Porcupine and Hydrilla

January 31, 2023

North American Porcupine, Erezithon dorsatum The North American porcupine is one of New York State’s oddest looking mammals and one of the largest rodents on the continent. These prickly creatures […]

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December Species Spotlight: Wild Bergamot & Mitten Crab

December 31, 2022

by Beth Rigby Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, or Monarda fistulosa, is a common wildflower in North America: from the Rockies to the Adirondacks.  The Monarda genus is a […]

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November Species Spotlight: White Tailed Deer & Italian Arum

November 30, 2022

White Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus White tailed deer are common across the entirety of the United States, except for Utah, California, and Nevada and have an estimated nationwide population of 30 […]

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