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April 7, 2019

For many plant lovers, the ephemerals are the thing. Spring ephemeral seekers wait patiently, searching delicately on spongey ground, eyes downcast to catch sight of that first little pink-faced Hepatica, the red hood-like spathe of the skunk cabbage or the speckled sk...

October 29, 2018

“I end not far from my going forth

By picking the faded blue

Of the last remaining aster flower

To carry again to you.”

                        --Robert Frost: A Late Walk...

August 7, 2017

This beautiful luna moth caterpillar, in her fifth and final instar stage, was crossing the road yesterday searching for a safe place to cocoon. She will eat her last meal soon, somewhere in our beloved Catskills hardwood forest, and begin her transformation, winding h...

April 26, 2017

Spring is in full tilt. Many of us are wandering around our woods, meadows and yards making small exclamations of delight as we see the bright faces of our beloved Spring ephemerals and our trees glowing with the haze of pollen-heavy flowers. Our joy is not diminished,...

October 29, 2015


As an ecologist, I’m not supposed to be partial to any one particular plant; as a scientist it is unseemly to hail a plant’s magic or mystery. But when it comes to Hammemelis virginiana, our own native witch-hazel, I am helpless. I love the plant and am awed by the lu...

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Community Greenways Collaborative manages the New York Phenology Project, utilizing the USA-National Phenology Network database and Nature's Notebook observation platform.