Outdoor Observer

A Fascination with Turtles Rod Christie, Mianus River Gorge Executive Director Ever since I was young, I have been captivated with all types of turtles. As a child I rescued baby turtles and raised them in my mother’s washroom sink, a large sink that could accommodate 30-40 baby turtles at a time. I have rehabbed […]

2019 Snapshot USA Published Today

MRG’s Chris Nagy and another 150+ authors contributed camera trap data to “A Coordinated National Camera Trap Survey of the US”.  The scientists and over 800 students collected data from 1509 camera trap sites across the country. MRG staff and students have long used camera traps to study coyotes and other wildlife in Mianus River […]

Springtime = Bears

When spring arrives in these parts, are bears far behind? With more and more bear sightings in our own backyards, people have lots of questions about bear behavior. MRG’s Budd Veverka gave a talk recently to the Pound Ridge Land Trust board and community members. To learn all about black bears, you can watch Budd’s […]

Animals Nobody Loves

I always loved the book by Ronald Rood called “Animals Nobody Loves” or the poems by Ogden Nash on the same subject.  I still remember Nash’s rhyme:  “God in all his wisdom made the fly, and then forgot to tell us why”.  The truth of the matter is that there are legions of critters that […]

Brilliance hidden in forest canopy

In the northeast we are fortunate to have our forests growing older.  As forests age, soils become more complex, topography more undulating, species composition more diverse, and the layering of the forest more apparent – herbaceous, understory, and overstory habitats more defined.  One indicator of this change, is the presence of a distinctive group of […]

Acorns, beechnuts, & other hard nuts!

This is a re-post of an Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie about the production of hard mast–acorns, beechnuts, & other hard nuts–and its impact (both good & bad) on the many animals that depend on it.

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Congratulations to Chris Nagy and the Gotham Coyote Project team for their newly published paper! A monthly column called Sidewalk Naturalist by Lenora Todaro in Catapult Magazine takes an in-depth look at coyotes in the Bronx and includes lots of insights from Chris Nagy. You can find this article on the MRG Media tab under […]

Should We Accept the New Norm?

The Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie Driving around at this time of year one gets a chance to look into the forest and view firsthand the changing of the northeast landscape. Forest trees are getting older (the better to store carbon), fields are growing into forests as farms are no longer in production and the […]

Should We Accept the New Norm?

Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie, Executive Director Driving around at this time of year one gets a chance to look into the forest and view firsthand the changing of the northeast landscape. Forest trees are getting older (the better to store carbon), fields are growing into forests as farms are no longer in production and […]

CUNY TV Science & U

CUNY TV Science & U! Season 7/Episode 5: January 2018 “There are a few New York City residents that didn’t come by plane, train, or automobile, they just walked here. Carol Anne Riddell discovers coyotes living in the city and what biologists have been able to learn from their DNA.” Chris Nagy, Ph.D., is featured in […]