News and Our Environment

The Pollinator Bookshelf: Nature’s Best Hope

February 18, 2022

The Pollinator Bookshelf is a new feature in Field Notes. Each month we’ll introduce different book and author. This month’s author is Doug Tallamy.   Doug Tallamy is a founder […]

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Foragers and Herbalists: Why Herbs Part II

February 18, 2022

By Merrie Witkin  When we last convened during the snows of January, I was waxing volubly about the benefits of cultivating herbs. This month, part II of that discussion focuses  on […]

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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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Foragers and Herbalists: Why Herbs Part I

January 19, 2022

Foragers & Herbalists: Why Herbs Part I By Merrie Witkin  At this time of year—in the dead of winter—my physical and virtual mailboxes are  overflowing with plant and garden catalogues […]

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DEC Spring Seedling Sale

January 19, 2022

Inexpensive Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators Insect pollinators need to eat more than just flower nectar and pollen. Caterpillars (butterfly and moth larvae) eat the leaves of plants, referred to […]

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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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Pollinator Garden at the Gardiner Library

December 15, 2021

The Gardiner Library pollinator garden will be a stepping stone for pollinators using the rail trail as their pathway, and part of a larger effort to encourage more pollinator plantings […]

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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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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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