One of the first spring wildflowers you’ll see – perhaps even before the last shaded patches of snow disappear – is the violet. This common flower, which blooms from April through June, is widely known and easily identified. [Read more…] about The Varied (and Not-So-Shrinking) Violet
Over the past decade, the number of fishers taken by trappers has declined in the Central Adirondacks, and since the harvest is often proportional to abundance, there is a believed to be a population decline in this area as well. [Read more…] about Study Seeks To Answer Questions About Fisher Declines
On April 15, NYS Environmental Conservation Officers Glen Parker and Ricky Wood reported that they responded to a bear complaint in Rock Hill, Sullivan County.
Upon arrival, the ECOs said they found two yearling black bears stuck inside a shed. [Read more…] about Barricaded Bears In Sullivan County
The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery will open its 2020 season with an online exhibit of photographs by Guild member Barry Lobdell. [Read more…] about The Color of Wind: Photographs by Barry Lobdell
This May, while we thank the human moms around us, I’ve been thinking about the many dedicated moms throughout nature, too. Nurturing mothers come in many unexpected shapes and sizes, including a few diminutive examples – like spider moms. [Read more…] about The Nurturing Nature of Spider Moms
On April 27 at 9:45 am, New York State Environmental Conservation Officers responded to reports of a possible alligator at Steinmetz Park in Schenectady.
The ECOs said they canvassed the park for signs of an alligator and found none. [Read more…] about Schenectady City Park Beast May Be A Snapper
Getting out fishing is a great way to get fresh air and connect with nature.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a fishing trip during our current health crises:
Anyone who has shared a home with a dog or a cat has learned something about the silent language of tails. Wild and domesticated animals may use tails for everything from communication to courtship, balance to locomotion, and defense to swatting flies.
Tails can range from short to long and be furry, feathered, or naked. [Read more…] about Animal Tails: The Tales They Tell
Whenever the subject of fishers comes up, you hear they’re mean, nasty and vicious – a smaller wolverine with attitude. Fishers get a pretty bad rap, but when they do, there’s a great deal of projecting and anthropomorphizing going on.
Fishers aren’t mean or evil, and they don’t really eat many house cats at all. [Read more…] about Fishers And Their Bad Reputation
I love that time in spring when the hills around my house change from gray and brown to shades of yellow, green, and red. The trees have not yet leafed out, so what’s painting the forests these wonderful colors?
The answer: most of our northern hardwood trees are flowering. [Read more…] about Tree Flowers Color the Hills