Nature – Environment

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD’S LAKES TAKES CENTER STAGE AT GLEON 19

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD’S LAKES TAKES CENTER STAGE AT GLEON 19   (Millbrook, NY) More than 240 scientists and researchers from around the world recently descended on the Hudson Valley to strengthen an international partnership aimed at studying and understanding the world’s lakes.  The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) held its annual meeting at Mohonk Mountain House….

Be-a-Better-Gardener – Winter Garden Tool Care 101

  Winter Garden Tool Care 101 It’s a good time of year to prepare your tools for next season by repairing, sharpening, and protecting them with a lubricant to keep them rust-free. By Thomas Christopher   Good gardening tools are hard to find these days. To obtain the quality I once took for granted in hand tools…

Governor Cuomo Announces $2 Million Available to Reduce Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

  Third Round of Grant Program to Help Farms Reduce Environmental Impact and Better Prepare for and Recover After Severe Weather Events A Total of $2.9 Million Provided Through the Program to 37 Farms Since 2015 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $2 million is available through round three of the Climate Resilient Farming grant…

Hunting and Trapping Newsletter

  Hunting and Trapping Newsletter Deer & Bear Harvest Update Through the third weekend of the Southern Zone regular big game season, hunters reported 69,550 deer in 2017 compared to 61,184 through the same period in 2016. For the Northern Zone, hunters have reported 11,349 deer in 2017 compared to 9,417 deer in 2016. Hunters…

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights

  DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights ECO Actions for Mid-November New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls…

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM EST SUNDAY… 

  URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE  National Weather Service Albany NY 242 PM EST Sat Nov 18 2017 …WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM EST SUNDAY…  The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 6 AM to 6 PM EST Sunday. * Locations…Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Taconics, Schoharie Valley,…

DEC Announces Nov. 18 Start of Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in Southern Zone

DEC Announces Nov. 18 Start of Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in Southern Zone Hunters Encouraged to Pass on Shots on Young Bucks With the start of New York’s most popular big game season slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging hunters…

Polar vortex may unleash bitterly cold air, snow for northeastern US prior to Thanksgiving

Via Accuweather.com Signs are pointing toward a shift of the polar vortex that may be accompanied by a significant storm with rain, snow and wind in the northeastern United States during the days prior to Thanksgiving. The polar vortex is actually a storm in the upper part of the atmosphere that typically hangs out within…

Take a Hike Tuesday at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Deer Pond Farm 

  Take a Hike Tuesday at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Deer Pond Farm    Take a Hike Tuesday The Connecticut Audubon Society Deer Pond Farm 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT  06784 Tuesday, November 21 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost – CAS Members: free; nonmembers: $5 Sherman, Conn. The Connecticut Audubon Society at Deer Pond Farm…

Veterans Day is a Free Fishing Day in NY

  Veterans Day is a Free Fishing Day in NY Want to give freshwater fishing a try before the long winter sets in? There’s no better time than this Saturday (November 11), which has been designated a Free Fishing Day in New York State as part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. All residents and non-resident…

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights

  DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights ECO Actions for Late October New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to…

Molinaro Signs Law Prohibiting Use of Polystyrene Foam in Dutchess County

  Molinaro Signs Law Prohibiting Use of Polystyrene Foam in Dutchess County Poughkeepsie… Joined by fourth-grade students of Joseph D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School, Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro today signed a resolution into law which prohibits the use of polystyrene foam food containers in the County by chain food service establishments. At its October…

Fall Be A Better Gardener: The Low-Down on Composting

The Low-Down on Composting Compost: black gold for your garden   By Thomas Christopher   I once wrote a whole book about composting.  Compost This Book was the title and it explored all the refinements of the process including how to cook a chicken in your compost heap (I do not recommend this, although I survived…

High Wind Warning

  High Wind Warning URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Albany NY 1249 PM EDT Sun Oct 29 2017 CTZ001-013-NYZ066-VTZ015-300400- /O.EXT.KALY.HW.W.0004.171029T2200Z-171030T2200Z/ Northern Litchfield-Southern Litchfield-Eastern Dutchess- Eastern Windham- Including the cities of Torrington, Oakville, Gaylordsville, New Milford, Terryville, Thomaston, Pawling, Wingdale, Dover Plains, Millbrook, Stanfordville, Pine Plains, Amenia, Brattleboro, Guilford Center, West Brattleboro, and Bellows…

Final New York Fall Foliage Report 2017

  New York Fall Foliage Report Colorful peak foliage spreading throughout Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara and Hudson Valley Fall color still emerging on Long Island and in New York City This is the seventh 2017 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for…

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Green Bank to Raise at Least $1 Billion from Private Sector to Accelerate Clean Energy Solutions and Combat Climate Change

  Governor Cuomo Announces NY Green Bank to Raise at Least $1 Billion from Private Sector to Accelerate Clean Energy Solutions and Combat Climate Change Lieutenant Governor Hochul Hosts Summit in Partnership with Climate Jobs NY and The Worker Institute at Cornell Climate Jobs NY Milestones Include Ongoing Development of Large-scale Renewable Energy Projects, Accelerated…

Assemblymember Barrett’s Bill to Safeguard the Hudson River Is Signed into Law

  Assemblymember Barrett’s Bill to Safeguard the Hudson River Is Signed into Law New York’s shared jurisdiction of river strengthened by enactment of anchorages legislation, A.6825A/S.5197B October 24, 2017 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s (D – Columbia, Dutchess) legislation asserting the state’s authority over the Hudson River by expanding the criteria used to establish “tanker…

Be-a-Better-Gardener – Keep Your Gardens Neat, But Not Too Neat

  Keep Your Gardens Neat, But Not Too Neat A shaggy garden can provide winter cover and food for wildlife By Thomas Christopher     My house is messy and my office is a disaster, but in the garden at least, I aspire to neatness. That is the influence of the German gardeners, Karl and Steve,…

New York Fall Foliage Report – Week of October 18 – 24, 2017

  New York Fall Foliage Report Beautiful peak foliage continues progression across New York State Peak Conditions Expected in Eight Regions This Weekend This is the sixth 2017 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Fall Foliage Reports are…

New York State Department of Health Reminds New Yorkers to Take Precautions Against Ticks During Fall Outdoor Activities

New York State Department of Health Reminds New Yorkers to Take Precautions Against Ticks During Fall Outdoor Activities Reminder Follows Confirmed Case of Powassan virus in Dutchess County ALBANY, N.Y. (October 20, 2017) – The New York State Department of Health today reminded New Yorkers of the importance of protecting themselves against ticks and tick-borne…

Special Weather Statement …Elevated Fire Weather Potential today…

  Special Weather Statement Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Albany NY 500 AM EDT Fri Oct 20 2017 …Elevated Fire Weather Potential today… Dry conditions persist across eastern New York with the overall recent lack of precipitation. Today, northwest winds will gust up to 25 mph. These winds will combine with warmer than normal…

Life Is Sweeter at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

  Life Is Sweeter at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary By Susan Stone   Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c) charitable organization in operation since 2008,when Doctors Bill and Ellen Crain responded to the need to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for helpless animals saved from agriculture industries and abusive, violent, or frightening circumstances. As a Professor…

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights – ECO Actions for Late September to Early October

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights ECO Actions for Late September to Early October New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded…