WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Over the last 2 days, I’ve been cutting trees over in Pawling, Dutchess County for a study led by SUNY ESF for improving habitat for New England cotton-tails. Burning bush is an exotic shrub that has become common in many parts of the HudsonContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I have showed this red maple tree’s foliage in previous posts. The tree sits in front of my house; It’s foliage is one of the best I know of, despite this year being terrible for red maple in general. When I first moved toContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, it finally happened; I got to taste my first pawpaw fruit. One of our members let me try a pawpaw from one of their trees near West Shokan. I gotta say, this a great fruit. It really does taste like mango, banana-custard. IfContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Fall foliage is spotty this year. Some sugar maples look pretty good and have that bright golden color. However, it seems only the youngest and healthiest trees are showing nice foliage. Most sugar maples I’m seeing so far are turning a brown color, probablyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? There’s a tree I first became aware of when my first daughter was born in 2013–Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa). I noticed it outside the hospital in Rhinebeck growing vigorously beside the building; It was loaded with fruit. I didn’t realize that this dogwood berryContinue Reading