Struggling Through Sap Season
The coming of spring at Teatown is usually heralded by a successful sugaring season. We gave Warren’s Sugar House a thorough scrub down in early February, dutifully set up and sanitized our evaporator pans, and tapped trees before Presidents’ Day. We thrilled to the gentle “tink, tink, tink” of sap falling in our buckets, but a few good days do not a successful sugaring season make.
The Great Backyard Bird Count
When you picture a birder, what comes to mind? If you’ve seen the 2011 caper The Big Year, you might imagine an older white man (Steve Martin, is that you?), obsessively focused on growing his life list, ticking off species in far-flung destinations all over the world. Your mental birder might be toting a pair of binoculars, carrying a camera with a lens longer than he is tall, and is probably wearing a tactical vest.
Let’s Talk Turtle!
The Eastern or Woodland Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) is arguably the most identifiable and well-known terrestrial turtle. With contrasting shell colors (often black with striking yellow or orange patterns) these relatively common turtles are found in various habitat types and are easy to see in the wild.
December Plant of the Month
Christmas trees are a holiday staple for those who celebrate, but look in the woods and chances are you’ll find a Christmas fern to complement the traditional festive greenery. Specifically, THE Christmas Fern: Polystichum acrostichoides.
October Plant of the Month
Among the last plants to bloom on Wildflower Island is Aconitum uncinatum, Southern Monkshood.
Latino Conservation Week
July 16 - July 24 is the ninth annual Latino Conservation Week! Latino Conservation Week (LCW) is an initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation to recognize the past, present, and future contributions of Latinx communities to conservation efforts, and to encourage more Latinx* people to engage in both outdoor recreation and conservation.
Four Invasive Vines Wreaking Havoc in the Hudson Valley.
The Spotted Lanternfly
What is the Spotted Lanternfly, and what should you do if you spot one?