Nature

Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center carries on

Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center carries on

“She had such a presence; you just thought she was going to be there forever.” So says Maria Del Castilho, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator at the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter. She’s speaking of her mentor, Barbara “Missy” Runyan, who was the Center’s director up until her sudden death on October 6 at the age of 51. Del Castilho describes Runyan as “beyond dedicated. It was her life to take care of animals…She had cameras on the animals and would watch them all night.”

Mill Brook Preserve fundraiser draws grateful community members

Mill Brook Preserve fundraiser draws grateful community members

The Mill Brook Preserve was a long time coming, and its establishment required tenacious-yet-delicate negotiations with major landowners and developers on all sides of it. Members of both the Town and Village’s environmental and open space committees fought to keep a tract of land that would protect Tributary 13, the existing watersheds and biodiversity, and preserve the core part of these woods that had served the public unofficially for generations.

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

At the age of 40, Kalish was commuting into Manhattan when she decided corporate life wasn’t for her. She spent the next few years raising her two sons by the Hudson River, enjoying nature, watching birds migrate. When her kids left home, she found another fulfilling mission: rescuing broken and abandoned birds, helping them heal and, then, thrilling to the moment when they could fly away.

Mohonk Preserve hosts monthly forest bathing sessions

Mohonk Preserve hosts monthly forest bathing sessions

Jane Dobson, a “mindful nature guide,” will be leading members and visitors at the Mohonk Preserve in the art of forest bathing one Saturday a month: September 11, October 9 and November 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at specific trailheads within the 8,000-acre nature preserve.