Online registration for the 2024 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Summer Camps program will open Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 1 pm. [Read more…] about DEC Summer Camps Registration Opens March 24th
More than any other single individual, a summer resident of Bolton Landing on Lake George was responsible for opening Asia to international air traffic. That man – Harold McMillan Bixby — was among the first Americans to imagine that routine, transpolar air travel from New York to Asia was possible. [Read more…] about Lake George Aviation Pioneer Harold Bixby
Benedict Arnold committed treason — for more than two centuries, that’s all that most Americans have known about him. Yet Arnold was much more than a turncoat — his achievements during the early years of the American Revolutionary War defined him as one of the most successful soldiers of the era. [Read more…] about Reconsidering Benedict Arnold: A Virtual Event
On January 23, the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) requested New York State Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) assistance with a subject hoarding more than 100 animals inside his North Bellmore residence in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island. [Read more…] about Animal House: Man Accused of Hoarding Protected, Dangerous Wildlife
When it comes to winter in the North Country, brown is not beautiful. Climate change has brought sudden and extreme fluctuations in weather along with a dramatic decline in the amount of snowfall that blankets the ground. This is especially marked in the Northeast, where winter is warming faster than the national average. [Read more…] about The Effects of Our Decreasing Snow Cover
Underwater acoustic recorders have been deployed below the surface of the Hudson River to detect the sounds of fish as they go about their lives. Because many fish make sounds when they hunt, defend their habitats, migrate, and spawn, ecological acoustics can be used to learn about the geographic locations and activities of certain animals. [Read more…] about Soundscapes of the Hudson River Estuary
Now is the time to apply for an annual grant from the Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative. The Request for Proposals opened at the beginning of January and land trusts are invited to apply for funds to support projects that improve private and protected lands and help build partnerships for birds and conservation. [Read more…] about Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Grants Now Available
Since the 1970s, hitchhiking has been considered increasingly reckless by large proportions of the American public. But, as historian Linda Mahood writes in a recent article for the Journal of Social History focusing on the Canadian experience, attitudes were different in the first half of the twentieth century.
In the 1930s, hitchhiking was viewed as an opportunity for generosity on the part of the driver and a way to practice good manners on the part of the rider. [Read more…] about When Hitchhiking Was Considered Wholesome
Lily van der Stokker’s mural “Thank You Darling” has been installed on a wall adjacent to the High Line at 22nd Street in Manhattan. The Dutch artist’s new work on the High Line offers the public an intimate expression of gratitude in her well-honed visual language at a bold, broad scale. [Read more…] about Lily van der Stokker’s High Line Mural
Traveling from Washington D.C. to Milwaukee, Dutch journalist Bas Blokker makes a stop-over in Hurley, Ulster County, NY, and discovers its Dutch history. His curiosity is piqued and he dives into the past to find the nineteenth-century views of the Dutch colonizers very different from modern ones.
During the last five years, I always crossed the Susquehanna River just north of Baltimore when driving from my house in Washington DC to New York. Once on the bridge the same scene unfolded again and again in my mind’s eye: a sailing ship changing course from the Chesapeake Bay to enter the river’s mouth and drop anchor at what is now Havre de Grace or Garret Island. [Read more…] about Nieuw Dorp, Now & Then: Dutch History in Ulster County