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Field and Forest, by Richard Gast

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, ...

Don’t trash it

Northern New York is often recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family. We’re fortunate enough to call the Adirondack Park, Lake Champlain, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the farms and forests of the northern tier home. World-class downhill and cross-country skiing, golf ...

Brood X — the emergence has begun

Brood X is coming. In fact, by many accounts the invasion has already begun. The emergence of Magicicada septendecim, a species of 17-year periodical cicadas, the largest periodical emergence of insects on Earth. Periodical cicadas are large, fat, dark brown flying insects averaging ...

They’re back

It’s spring, and after months of being locked down, people are getting outside again. Just a reminder, though: The longer, warmer days of April are also the start of tick season, the peak of which lasts through August. Ticks commonly overwinter by “nesting” in groups, taking refuge ...