Monthly Archives May 2014

Hudson River Almanac May 15 – 21 2014

Compiled by Tom Lake, Hudson River Estuary Program Naturalist OVERVIEW The spring spawning run of river herring (and by association, American shad) continued. Bald eagle nests (minimally two dozen) along the watershed were busy with eaglets that were feathering out and growing larger day-by day, appetites included. The impressive spring northern migration of brant, tens of thousands of birds, began this week. HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 5/17 – Orange County: Over the last two days, the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club held its annual “Break 100,” a 24-hour day of birding, with a goal of merely enjoying a day with
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Weekend Warnings in the ADKs

If you are planning to recreate in the Adirondacks this Memorial Day Weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asks you to please remember the following: FIRE DANGER: Low. Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Memorial Day weekend. Please plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas. TRAIL CONDITIONS: Trails are wet and muddy. Wear waterproof footwear and gaiters. Walk through, not around, mud and water on trails to
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Donna Williams and Field Goods

About Donna Williams Field Goods Founder, Donna Williams brings a unique and comprehensive skill set and wide-ranging experience to Field Goods.  She has worked in banking, start-up food, internet, consumer health and publishing companies.  Her experience  selling to grocery retailers, distributor and food service companies informed her understanding of how costly and difficult it is for small food producers to get their products into traditional food distribution channels.  Donna lives in Athens, NY with her husband and 8-year old son, where she is the coach of the FIELD GOODS Hot Potatoes U8 Soccer Team. Donna earned her MBA from Columbia
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Eat This Plant.

Spring in the Catskills beings an incredible array of wildflowers, wildlife and the first trickle of visitors. This year is your opportunity for locals and visitors alike to favor the beauty, and biodiversity of these Mountains by being leaders in “Good for the Woods” foraging. Hurricane Irene moved thousands of tons of soil and organic material. Roots rhizomes, seeds and other reproductive parts of invasive species are now sprouting in places that have been protected and threatening the beauty, biology and marketability of this unique place. The long winter and late snow is forcing a condensed blooming season for one of the
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Social Venture Institute Interview With Scott Tillitt

The inaugural Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley will be presented by Antidote Collective, On Belay Business Advisors and Re>Think Local in partnership with Omega Institute and Social Venture Network this weekend. This weekend retreat will be held at Omega Institute near Rhinebeck, NY, May 9-11, 2014. Headline-worthy local and national presenters include: Raphael Bemporad, BBMG — expert in values-driven brand strategy, innovation strategy, cause marketing and public affairs Jeffrey Davis — writer and creativity consultant; researches, interviews, and works with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists Marissa Feinberg, Green Spaces/Impact Hub New York — co-founder of go-to NYC coworking
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Mowing? Not In My Backyard

Mowing your lawn for half an hour puts out more emissions than driving a late model car 1000 miles! Now imagine pushing that late model car from here to say Montréal and back and breathing in 1000 miles worth of fumes! Use of lawn pesticides have quadrupled since Rachel Carlson wrote Silent Spring. Use of pesticides in suburbs like Westchester is triple that used in conventional farming. What to do? Luckily we live in the land of alternatives so cleaning up the yard is easy.. Try an electric mulching mower, Black and Decker offer corded and no cord models.  Check
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