Category: Wildlife

Foamflower, native to the area, grows in patches all along Kanyoo Trail. Photo by Celeste Morien

New York Native Wildflower: the Foamflower

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) is a native wildflower that grows in rich moist woods.  This plant has attractive medium-green lobed leaves and the white flowers are arranged on 8” – 10” tall...

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canandensis) is a beautiful spring ephemeral found throughout our area growing in moist woodlands and along streams.

Bloodroot

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canandensis) is a beautiful spring ephemeral found throughout our area growing in moist woodlands and along streams.  The genus name –sanguinarius- is Latin for “bleeding” and refers to the...

Category: People Photographer: Melissa Zakrzewski Award: Honorable Mention

Nature Matters: Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is a term invented by the Japanese in the 1980s. It seems to conjure up the perfect image. Most of us are quite aware that a walk in...

Virginia Rail

Rails

Rails have rightly been called shadow birds. Both species that occur here regularly, the Virginia rail and the sora, are small — barely robin-sized — chubby, drab-colored birds that lurk,...

Photo Caption: Prescribed burn at Iroquois NWR (Paul Hess, USFWS)

Hot Burning In A Wet Habitat

You may notice a black field on the west side of Hwy 63 near Iroquois NWR. That is because on May 22nd a crew of 15 wildland firefighters performed a...

Poison Ivy Plants

Nature Matters: Poison Ivy

It’s just scratching the surface to know that poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) causes a blistery itch. The sap, or oil, that poison ivy produces is called urushiol which is a...

fisher (Martes pennanti)

Fishers

A fisher (Martes pennanti) is no measly weasel. The largest member of this family is making a comeback in New York State. Once nearly eliminated in all of the U.S....

Baby Red Squirrel, Photo by Bob Hazen

Red Squirrel

My quiet early morning is suddenly interrupted by a staccato churring cry. After screaming at me, a red squirrel dashes along a downed log and up onto a stump. There...