July Species Spotlight: Milkweed and Swallowwort

July 30, 2022

by Claire Hartl Milkweed Milkweed is a native plant that many people know as the host plant for the monarch butterfly. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds, and the caterpillars […]

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June Species Spotlight: Asian Jumping Worm and Red Backed Salamander

June 24, 2022

by Claire Hartl Jumping Worms This month’s featured invasive species is actually several species collected under an umbrella common name. Asian jumping worms. There are at least three species under […]

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Species Spotlight: Garlic Mustard and Mayapple

May 23, 2022

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Garlic mustard is a much discussed and hated perennial herb. The first known report of it growing in the USA is from 1868 on Long Island […]

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Species Spotlight: Bradford Pear and Flowering Dogwood

April 26, 2022

by Kim Stever Bradford Pear; Pyrus calleryana The Bradford Pear (or Callery Pear) tree was heavily favored as an ornamental planting starting in the 1960’s but the path which brought […]

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Species Spotlight: Spongy Moth and Wood Frog

March 21, 2022

Spongy Moth; Lymantria dispar dispar by Cara Gentry During the summer of 2021, our Coordinator of Land Stewardship, Cara Gentry, went mountain biking in the Adirondacks and observed areas that […]

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Species Spotlight: Purple Loosestrife and Skunk Cabbage

February 18, 2022

by Kimberly Stever Purple Loosestrife; Lythrum salicaria Purple loosestrife is an invader of wetlands throughout nearly all of North America. Native to Europe, North Africa and Asia, it was likely introduced […]

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Species Spotlight: Coyote and Mugwort

January 19, 2022

Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris Mugwort. Few plants have gardeners like myself shaking their fists at lush fields like this one. Once you learn how to find it, you’ll notice it everywhere. […]

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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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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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