Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

The view from my window shows a season of change. Bees picking up tiny suitcases of pollen drone past, too busy at work to pay me any mind. The butterfly bush attracts great spangled fritillary and monarch butterflies that land and flutter like showy baubles. Before the monarchs move south on their long journey to Mexico, Teatown educators join thousands of other citizen scientist volunteers across the country that catch, tag, and release monarchs as part of Monarch Watch.

A Return to Summer Camp

A Return to Summer Camp

After 25 consecutive years at Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp, first as a camper, then as a counselor and now as health director, 2020 became the summer without camp. As the world struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Teatown made the difficult decision to cancel summer camp.

Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Reveal

Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Reveal

Teatown was proud to “reveal” and celebrate the completion of our Wildflower Woods Wetland Restoration Project on July 15, 2021. This multi-year project was the result of a successful collaboration among Teatown stewardship staff, environmental engineering and landscaping professionals, and funders, including the Land Trust Alliance and a generous anonymous donor from the larger Teatown community.

Pollinators: Small Creatures with a Big Impact

Pollinators: Small Creatures with a Big Impact

June 21-27 was National Pollinator Week.  This international event celebrates and supports pollinator health and spreads the word about what we can do to protect them. Why should we take an active role in the health and well being of pollinators?  Simply put, their existence is critical to the health of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Bats of Westchester

Bats of Westchester

Have you looked into the twilight sky and seen the quick, agile silhouettes of bats in flight? For some it can be frightening to see bats nearby, but take heart that these amazing little hunters use their keen eyesight and powerful echolocation to find prey and stay away from humans! While there are 1,400 species of bats in the world, only 9 call New York home. Do you know your bat neighbors?

The Great Hawk Rescue

The Great Hawk Rescue

Parks are a popular destination for families to gather for picnics and to enjoy the fresh air. There are also wildlife families going about their daily lives searching for food and raising their young in the same parks.

Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal

Spring is also known as baby season. Many animals have and raise their young at this time of year. Food sources are plentiful, especially plants that are at the base of the food chain. There is also considerable time for the young to grow and learn important survival skills before winter comes.

Skunk Cabbage – The True Sign of Spring

Skunk Cabbage – The True Sign of Spring

In the wetland below the cliffs, observed through the remains of the snow and ice, the burgundy-rimmed horns, scattered about, signal the change of season. The curved mottled spathe provides a hood for the rounded spadix peeping from within, which bears indistinct petal-less flowers with both stamens and pistils.

Hudson Valley Eagles

Hudson Valley Eagles

Looking up into a bright blue sky on a January day brings tears to my eyes; the brightness stings just as much as the cold does.  I scan the sky and surrounding area with my binoculars over the confluence of the Hudson and the Croton Rivers.  It is low tide, and many waterfowl are gathered in Croton Bay to rest and search for food.

Winter World

Winter World

As we approach the fourth season of this pandemic, I wonder if the groundhog may have it right. Pass on the winter by burrowing down in a soft nest below ground when the autumn leaves fall and foraging becomes a chore. Emerge when green shoots are bringing promise and the world is brightening