Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17: The Mid-Hudson Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. will be hosting its 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show & Sale at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie.
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Sociable and mischievous, and possibly intelligent, they’re quite a bit different from the stoic turkey vulture, whose great sense of smell they sometimes exploit to lead them to food.
Friday-Saturday, July 28-29: Citizen scientists of all ages (no special training or experience necessary) will be teamed with scientists and expert naturalists to study the wildlife, plants and biodiversity at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve. Bring your smartphone and put it to use cataloguing and photographing the park’s flora and fauna.
Black vultures are the most populous vulture in the Western Hemisphere, but they’re relatively new to New York State. Here are some things to keep in mind next time you see a dark shape circling above.
With 2017 set to be a huge year for Lyme, and June and July the worst months for infections, it’s important to know what we’re up against.
Saturday, June 24: Craig Chapman of New Paltz Kayaking Tours will supply rental kayaks and canoes at a cost of $10 each, or you can bring your own kayak to join the fleet.
Succinctly defined by the National Wildlife Federation as “the study of how the biological world times natural events,” phenology matters to humans in a million different ways.
Viewed from New Paltz, Bonticou is that first notable white outcrop to the north of Sky Top. Some accounts claim that it was named after an early surveyor; others that the Bonte Coe (Spotted Cow in Dutch) was, like the Gilded Otter, one of the ships that brought European settlers to the area. Whatever it means, locals tend to pronounce it “Bontikyew,” not “Bontikoo.”
A shrine for devotees of horticulture, it’s the earliest surviving private garden created by one of America’s most celebrated and influential landscape designers, Beatrix Farrand. While most of her gardens have been lost to time, notable exceptions include the Rockefellers’ Eyrie Garden in Maine, large portions of the Princeton and Yale campuses and Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, DC: indisputably one of the great gardens of the world.
The world was opening up to scientific study in the 18th century, and many men took up the study of botany. Jane Colden is the first female on record to have done so. And her Flora — Nov Eboracensis is one of the most extensive botanical studies of a single region carried out at the time.