News and Our Environment

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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Spotted Lanternfly

September 1, 2021

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect that feeds on and damages indigenous trees as well as many crucial agricultural crops including maple, black walnut, grapes and hops. In addition […]

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When Pollinator Gardens Naturalize

August 17, 2021

By Angela Sisson One measure of a successful, sustainable pollinator garden is when the plants start to spread outside the original area—when the plants naturalize to another nearby location. As […]

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Mines and Cold Air

August 17, 2021

by Cara Gentry During the oppressive heat of the summer, one of the refreshing things one can do is take a walk, run, or bike ride through Rosendale where the […]

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