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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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 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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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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