WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Here’s the first ginseng I spotted this year. I didn’t expect it, since it was literally one foot from a hiking trail where you might think it would get picked. In the background is blue cohosh, a good “indicator plant” that ginseng might beContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? USDA Biologist–Tom Rawinski–once stated at the “Growing Deer Debate Conference” years back that if native plants are “given an equal playing field” in regards to deer browse, they will outcompete non-native and interfering plants. This deer exclosure installed jointly by NY Forest Owners AssociationContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? While puttering around the house, a few of these flowers caught my attention, as they do each year: Flowering dogwood, horsechestnut, azalea, and lilac. The horsechestnut seemed to be a bee favorite as a loud hum from bees could be heard all around itsContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The flowers of this small tree that finally appeared belong to North America’s largest tree fruit–pawpaw (Asimina triloba). It is the only local northeastern member of the mainly tropical family–Annonaceae. The flower forms a fruit that resembles a small green potato. The taste isContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, guess who’s back out in the woods after his winter sleep? That’s right. The black bears are back in full-force. I noticed a line of garbage pales knocked over in Accord a couple of days ago. The bear in the photo I sawContinue Reading