Hemlocks 2020

From 2017 to 2019, MRG inoculated over 2,000 eastern hemlock trees against the hemlock woolly adelgid and hemlock scale. Prior to resuming a schedule of repeated basal bark spraying in 2021, MRG scientists are participating in the New York State Hemlock Initiative to help establish a population of the Laricobius nigrinus beetle, a promising biocontrol […]

Coyotes of Gotham

Chris Nagy, Ph.D., presented his talk, “Coyotes of Gotham,” via Zoom to enthusiastic participants at the Harris Center for Conservation Education on August 28, 2020. Click here to enjoy Chris’s talk. Checking the camera traps

Exploring the role of mycorrhizae in restoration of the Mianus River Gorge Preserve

By Andy Cortese As you hike in the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, you may have noticed a stark contrast between the old-growth hemlock forest that dominates the gorge itself and the maple dominated post-agricultural forest farther up the ridge. Approaching the top of the ridge from the bottom of the gorge, the dark evergreen canopy […]

Join MRG’s iNaturalist project this summer!

Research and education at MRG never stop, even in Covid times. Originally planned as a project to be done in the field, ­­­­­WTP student Eileen Dockery (Harrison High School) worked out from home how to create the project using the popular iNaturalist app and with help from citizen scientists. About the project in Eileen’s words: […]

Andy Cortese

2019 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Doctoral Candidate Study of mycorrhizae fungi in the forest soil RAP student, Andy Cortese from SUNY ESF, is studying the mycorrhizae fungi in the forest soil in Mianus River Gorge Preserve. The soils have developed a complicated underground network of mycorrhizal fungi that are hundreds of years old (visible […]

Chris Meng-Killeen

Wildlife Technician Class of 2020 Irvington High School Project name: Activity patterns of mammal communities in NYC parks Project Status: Completed Project Description: Chris worked on the Gotham Coyote Project, examining potential effects that newly arrived coyotes had on the activity patterns of other species. Using nearly 500 thousand pictures from our camera traps located throughout […]

Studying Pollinator Assemblages

Last summer, Sydney Lonker (White Plains HS) and Madeline Bueher (Pelham HS) began studying the pollinator assemblages at three of the Preserve’s meadows. The abundance and diversity of the bees and other insect pollinators found at each meadow will help MRG determine if our restoration and management of these areas is providing habitat for the […]

Gotham Coyote Project

Our research on coyotes in NYC has been featured in a number of TV spots and articles.  Below are links or embeds to many of them. You can also learn more about this specific project here. 2/2019: Catapult magazine, “An Icon of the American Wilderness is Alive in the Bronx” by Lenora Tedoro 7/2018: amNY, […]

Will Cranier

Wildlife Tech Class of 2019Hackley SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus outbreak in MRG’s amphibian community Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Will Cranier (Hackley School) was mentored by Zach Gajewski, a Ph.D. student from Virginia Tech and a recipient of our Research Assistantship Program grant. Zach and Will are studying the distribution […]

Joshua Amir

Wildlife Tech Class of 2019Ardsley High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Impacts of deer on red oak seedlings in a managed forest Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Josh Amir (Ardsley High School) monitored red oak seedlings for two years, and, combined with data from 2015 and 2016, estimated survival rates for young trees in our forest. Josh […]