Owls and evergreens

  I’m not much of a fan of winter but I do have a very soft spot for owls. I don’t think I need to explain why- you all get it. They’re flying sorcerers, the stuff of other worlds, the perfect (confounding!) union of lots of beauty and lots of deadly tools to dispatch little […]

Monarch Population Data.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in General, Science

The website monarchwatch.org offers – among many other things – data on monarch populations year by year.  Since the monarchs overwinter in only a few areas, winter populations can be measured fairly accurately.  The bad news is that 2014-15 winter was the second-lowest population total ever recorded for monarchs, the monarchs covering 1.13 hectares of […]

Forest health in the Catskills

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Science, The Catskills

As the smaller of two forest preserves in New York, the Catskills doesn’t often get all the attention it deserves. A few years ago,however, we got lucky. A research arm of the US Forest Service targeted the Catskills to do a few fly-overs using NASA technology (think planes with lasers) to help map forest health. […]

Hard rime

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Hikes, Landscape, Science, The Catskills
Hard rime

One of the most enchanting seasons is winter in the Catskills.  Hands down.  Are you with me?  Its best after a storm, before the trucks plow and sand.  Pure magic.  In the interior of the mountains, its beyond serene.  The snow is often powdery, maybe with an icy crust.  Can you hear the sound of […]