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What do you see when you look at the images in this column? Do the dainty circles appear like bowls filled with tiny pebbles, nests cradling eggs, eyes peering back or something else altogether? … more
This year for the first time, my boys decided—with some structured leading—to plant and cultivate their own crops aside from those in our farm fields. It began with a strange request. … more
DEERPARK, NY — On August 14, a Deerpark resident entered pleas of not guilty in Deerpark Town Court to charges related to the illegal commercialization of trout. The arraignment followed a … more
Most people have a mobile phone now and carry it around wherever they go—and that includes going into field and forest. Whether you are going for a two-hour fun hike or a full day’s … more
The Esopus Creek begins its journey from its source at Winnisook Lake on Slide Mountain in the Catskill Mountains, before joining the Hudson Estuary near Saugerties some 65 miles away. The … more
Fungi are fascinating, not only for their ecological, medicinal and culinary properties, but also for the multitude of interesting forms in which they appear. From puffballs to slime molds, from … more
The butcher’s kids go hungry and the cobbler’s kids go shoeless. I used to hear this phrase often, but perhaps less so lately. The idea behind it is that the thing we might do as a … more
With the arrival of September, many bird species start their migration to wintering grounds. Some waterfowl, such as Canada geese, are very noticeable—they fly in large flocks and their honking … more
What I mean by that title is where we stand with the DEC’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) and its review of all the material we provided regarding the public’s right to wade and fish in … more
If you have been wandering the woodlands of the Upper Delaware River region recently, it is likely you have encountered many different types of mushrooms. Fascinating fungi of various forms and … more
Ever had a bad day? Bad week? Maybe it was just uncanny how many things could go wrong all at the same time. Well, this is the tale of one such time. It all started long, long ago. A time so far … more
I had planned a field trip last week, mainly to look for reptiles and amphibians. It was already mid-morning when I reached the state forest land in southern Pike County and started my trek. It was … more
Those of us who fly fish, and indeed most folks who fish, do not consider angling a dangerous sport. That’s especially true when comparing fishing to football, soccer or even auto racing. … more
NEW YORK STATE — State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the department is seeking hunters to participate in a multi-year study of non-lead … more
It’s that time of year when insects and flowering plants provide a pleasing visual experience to the casual observer enjoying the abundant natural resources of the Upper Delaware River region. … more
I wonder where I’d be sometimes if it wasn’t for God dropping blessings right in front of my face. Of course, I think about it—the very air I breathe and the ground I walk on count … more
Of all the animals that inhabit the wild, it seems the most misunderstood and feared creatures are snakes. We were not born with the fear of snakes; it has been instilled by passed-down … more
Fly fishing for trout requires intense concentration, especially when there are flies on the water and fish rising freely. Under those circumstances, anglers have a tendency to be oblivious of their … more
In my last column, I wrote about the delight of discovering a robin’s nest next to our home and observing the cycle of life that transpired there. In a hopeful update, mama robin is on her … more
I’ve always prided myself on not burning bridges, no matter how I felt about a relationship or association. You never know who might be related to whom and how the story of your parting … more
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