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Mohonk Preserve to reopen most trails

Mohonk Preserve to reopen most trails

Reopening on Wednesday, May 20 are: West Trapps, East Trapps Connector, Spring Farm, and Upper Duck Pond trailheads, as well as the Visitor Center. The Coxing Trailhead remains closed. Mountain climbing and bouldering won’t be permitted at this phase and horse trailer parking won’t be allowed due to limited parking (around 50 percent capacity, depending on the lot). Some parts of the preserve, such as Split Rock, won’t be open, but most trails will be, according to Mohonk Preserve Communication Director Gretchen Reed.

Farewell, my lovely

Farewell, my lovely

It’s almost over. Venus has been dazzling and delighting us for months now, the best apparition of the evening star since 2004. It’s still amazingly bright in the northwest during the first couple of hours after sunset. It’s hard to believe that this will now change so rapidly.

Do ecological research as a family project, virtually, via Cary Institute’s 2020 Hudson Data Jam

Do ecological research as a family project, virtually, via Cary Institute’s 2020 Hudson Data Jam

The 2020 Hudson Data Jam competition will be 100 percent virtual. Cary Institute educators will be offering informational webinars and instructional videos to help parents, students and educators learn how to work with data and create a project that clearly communicates the data trends you discover. Participants must register by May 13 and submit their project results online by May 27.

Night Sky: The amazing Seven Sisters

Night Sky: The amazing Seven Sisters

Who hasn’t heard of the Seven Sisters,also known as the Pleiades? It’s the most beautiful star cluster and the most famous. It’s obvious to the naked eye and stunning through binoculars, and these nights it’s unusually easy to find.

New York is waiving fees at all state parks

New York is waiving fees at all state parks

Here’s one happy truth that may help us all: Being on “lockdown” when the adversary is a microorganism that inhabits human hosts does not necessarily mean staying indoors all the time. We can take walks, so long as we stay more than six feet away from other people and avoid touching surfaces that get touched a lot. We can celebrate the upcoming Vernal Equinox, Arbor Day and Earth Day by hugging a tree; it won’t get sick.