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In Defense of Scavengers and Decomposers

In Defense of Scavengers and Decomposers

Fall is a time for harvesting and tidying up our gardens, but fall is also a time to plant. We typically think of prepping and planting our gardens in the spring, however fall is just as good a time! Planting perennial flowers, trees and shrubs in the fall can bring you great rewards with a little time and effort.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, It’s Time to Plant!

Roll Up Your Sleeves, It’s Time to Plant!

Fall is a time for harvesting and tidying up our gardens, but fall is also a time to plant. We typically think of prepping and planting our gardens in the spring, however fall is just as good a time! Planting perennial flowers, trees and shrubs in the fall can bring you great rewards with a little time and effort.

Milkweed and Monarchs

Milkweed and Monarchs

Monarchs appear in Teatown’s fields to lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. The caterpillars remain there, busily munching away until they crawl off to undergo pupation inside a gold-speckled chrysalis. Hence, no milkweed, no monarchs! Life is rough for an organism whose life cycle is so tied to one plant for its survival. As the sole host plant for monarch caterpillars, the relationship between milkweed and monarchs is crucial.

Sea of Green

Sea of Green

We are now past the Summer Solstice which means summer is in full swing!  Looking around me as I drive to my hiking destination, I see a sea of green.  It is such a glorious color and it comes in a vast variety of shades!

3 ways to celebrate International Mud Day

3 ways to celebrate International Mud Day

If you think back to your childhood years, one of your memories may be of carefree summer days spent playing in the mud. Perhaps you made a mud pie fit for a king, an epic castle or just enjoyed the satisfying squelch of mud between your fingers and toes. International Mud Day on June 29 is a chance to reconnect with those childhood memories and introduce a whole new generation to the joys of messy play.

What is Environmental Justice?

What is Environmental Justice?

The idea is simple: No community should be forced to deal with more pollution because of their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. 

Why should we care about declining amphibian populations?

Why should we care about declining amphibian populations?

Amphibians are a diverse group of vertebrates with more than 6,500 unique species. In New York State, there are 32 described amphibian species that occur naturally. This is a significant number of species for a temperate climate. However of the 32 species, 9 species are listed as either endangered, threatened or special concern by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, with 2 more species listed as high priority. 

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Part I: Beginner’s Guide

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Part I: Beginner’s Guide

Allowing nature to flourish is all about balance. While you might want to optimize your yard for wildlife, you don’t want to make it too inviting. Keeping critters at an arm’s length is part of keeping them wild. So how do you create habitat that benefits both human and nonhuman animals? Let’s explore some options you can incorporate into your normal yard care routine.

Stewardship tip: avoid social trails

Stewardship tip: avoid social trails

Anyone who has gorged on freshly baked cookies fresh out of the oven knows: you can have too much of a good thing. With increased visitation comes increased impacts to the preserve, including the creation of social trails. But why are social trails a bad thing? Let's dive in.