Nature

Day of the Bird at Storm King Art Center

Day of the Bird at Storm King Art Center

Sunday, August 12: One of the thought-provoking works on view is Birds Watching by Jenny Kendler, current artist-in-residence with the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s a site-specific installation of 100 reflective aluminum signs, each depicting a large scaled, realistic bird’s eye. Each represents a species of bird facing the threat of extinction due to climate change. The birds are watching us humans, it seems to say, to find out what we’re going to do about it.

Creature comforts

Creature comforts

State wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could (and does) chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. If a woodchuck could chuck wood, Thomas estimated, it would chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds, which is a big pile.

The wolf-like coyote in our backyard

The wolf-like coyote in our backyard

The cunning and adaptable coyote was deified by the Native Americans and persecuted by the U.S. government. But as other predators were killed off, the coyote thrived, mating with wolves and producing a hybrid that now roams the fields and forests of the Northeast- including the Hudson Valley.

A focus on the strange Evening Star

A focus on the strange Evening Star

During the next three months, from now through September, Venus will visibly shift to the left. Each evening at nightfall, it will still hover at about the same height. But it will continually migrate south, or leftward, as it marches through the zodiac through Cancer, Leo, Virgo and into Libra.