Category: Nature – Environment

Frigid Temperatures Coming This Weekend

Frigid Temperatures Coming This Weekend Residents Reminded of “Code Blue” and Warming Centers With frigid temperatures and snow in the forecast this weekend, stay safe and be prepared to prevent risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Find winter preparedness tips on…

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Winter Seed Sowing Native Plants

Winter Seed Sowing Native Plants Brewster, NY – February 5, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension, as part of its Putnam Pollinator Pathway effort, is offering a program on Winter Seed Sowing of Native Plants. This webinar…

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Be-a-Better-Gardener, Chrysanthemums for Keeps

    Chrysanthemums for Keeps Beware: “hardy chrysanthemums” might not necessarily be hardy. By Thomas Christopher One of the more embarrassing missteps of my early career as a horticulturist began with my success one autumn in persuading an important client to invest in…

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Juvenile Alligator Caught on Middle School Property – DEC Environmental Conservation Police

Juvenile Alligator Caught on Middle School Property – Dutchess County DEC Environmental Conservation Police On Sept. 14, at approximately 1:19 am, ECO Eyler received a call from the East Fishkill Police Department reporting a four- to five-foot alligator roaming around…

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Rain-Soaked Owl Rescue – Dover, DEC Environmental Conservation Police

Rain-Soaked Owl Rescue – Dover, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Rain-Soaked Owl Rescue – Dutchess County On Aug. 23, ECO Wamsley received a call about an owl in distress in the town of Dover. Upon arrival, the ECO found the great…

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The Volunteer Garden

The Volunteer Garden By Thomas Christopher   I used to be meticulous about “deadheading,” pinching or snipping the fading blossoms from my annuals and perennial flowers so that the plants didn’t set seed. This was partly an expression of a desire…

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DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights Playing Chicken – Putnam County

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights Playing Chicken – Putnam County While on patrol on July 26, ECO Crisafulli received a call for a hawk in distress at a residence in the village of Brewster. The ECO met with the…

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Little Free Library…A Welcome Stop On The Appalachian Trail

  Little Free Library…A Welcome Stop On The Appalachian Trail Pawling Library board members, Karen Franco and Wanda Rusiecki have, not only a passion for the Pawling Library’s main location and services on Broad Street in Pawling village, but  they are…

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Be-a-Better-Gardener, Weeding the Organic Way

Be-a-Better-Gardener, Weeding the Organic Way Minimize garden weeds by planting “thugs” like evening primrose (Oenothera fruticose) as a ground cover. t was personal conviction, says Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, that prompted her to use only organic growing techniques back when she founded…

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DEC Confirms Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Two Ulster County Deer

DEC Confirms Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Two Ulster County Deer Disease is Not Transmissible to Humans; New Yorkers Encouraged to Report Sick or Dead Deer to DEC The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today confirmed that two…

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Tick Season

Tick Season Putting down a surface of wood chips on wide paths like Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Woodland Trail eliminates cover for ticks, decreasing the possibility of picking them up in transit.     If you think you’ve picked off more than…

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DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights Recent ECO Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality…

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DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Highlights Recent ECO Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police Officers (ECOs) and Investigators enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality…

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Be-a-Better-Gardener, To Know Beans

Be-a-Better-Gardener, To Know Beans Beans flourish in summer heat and are ready to harvest in about 55 days.     By Thomas Christopher I was determined to know beans” Henry Thoreau wrote in Walden, while describing his labors in his vegetable patch….

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Be-a-better-Gardener, A New Kind of Victory Garden

A New Kind of Victory Garden Kim Eierman is a multi-talented, very busy woman. Founder of EcoBeneficial LLC., an ecological landscape design and consulting firm based in Westchester County, New York, Kim also teaches about the cultivation of native plants…

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