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Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

Emerald ash borer solution? Parasitic wasps

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a half-inch long, green buprestid or jewel beetle. It’s an invasive insect native to Asia, believed to have made its way to the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or on airplanes. EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002, ...

Plan next year’s perennial wildflower garden now

“Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow.” — Luke 12:27, International Children’s Bible “You belong among the wildflowers.” — Tom Petty “Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson As I walk along the fields, ...

Foraging for wild food

I’ve always found the idea of foraging for wild edible plants appealing, but daunting. I know a little about wild plants and foraging, but I lack confidence. And with good reason. I didn’t grow up foraging and, although it’s possible to acquire knowledge about foraging from books and ...

The bald eagle — a national and a New York state conservation success story

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the bald eagle population in the lower 48 states has grown, since 2009, from just over 72,000, including roughly 30,000 breeding pairs, to an estimated 316,700 birds, something Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland recently called ...

4-H Camp Overlook: a memorable outdoor experience

Would you like to give your child a truly remarkable gift this summer? How about a memorable outdoor experience in an informal and truly unique educational setting; an experience that enhances life-skills, stimulates interest, and challenges his or her abilities through training, education ...

The smell of rain

It’s going to rain. Can you smell it? Being able to smell rain as it approaches isn’t something imagined. There really can be a distinctly heady aroma in the air before it rains. And it’s a smell that I’ve always found calming. In fact, there are several clean, earthy, ...