Caroline Bayer

Wildlife Tech Class of 2021Dobbs Ferry High SchoolMentor: Sarah Walkley Project: The impact of anthropogenic effects on North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) behavior at latrine sites Project Status: Completed Project Description: While it is well known that wildlife is affected by humans due to pollution, the mere presence of humans in close proximity to wildlife can […]

Chloe Ng

Wildlife Tech Class of 2021Blind Brook High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Assessing Understory Recovery in a Northeastern Forest Following 15 Years of Deer Management  Project Status: Completed Project Description: Browsing by highly abundant white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) limits the regeneration of  forest understories in many parts of the northeastern United States. Deer management programs (DMPs) are […]

Cara Galli

Wildlife Tech Class of 2021Carmel High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Urban Coyote (Canis latrans) Habitation on Long Island and its Implications  Project Status: Completed Project Description: This study explored the habitat size requirements of urban Canis latrans (Coyote) and possible habitation sites. Previous data regarding land cover use, maximum habit size, and urban Coyote sites were […]

Allison Lyubomirskaya

Wildlife Tech Class of 2021Irvington High SchoolMentor: Andrew Cortese (SUNY ESF) Project: Influence of Established Overstory Trees on the Mycorrhizal Status of Betula lenta (black birch) Seedlings Project Status: Completed Project Description: The benefits of mycorrhizal colonization towards seedling growth are widely known; however, the variables that affect the colonization of seedlings by ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi are […]

Please Donate to Camera Fund

If you’d like to help us increase the size of our camera trap array to capture images of the fascinating animals that inhabit the region, the Gorge, and your backyard, click here to donate to MRG’s Camera Fund (please let us know your donation is for the camera fund by clicking on “Add special instructions” […]

Roadkill Survey

Roadkill is one of the leading causes of wildlife deaths in the USA, and results in 8 billion dollars worth of car repairs every year. With valuable data from citizen scientists like you, we can all help mitigate roadkill together. Click here to learn how you can get involved.

WTP Students Present at Northeast Natural History Conference

In April, six of our graduating seniors presented their work virtually at the Northeast Natural History Conference. Chloe Ng (Blind Brook HS) gave a lecture on her summation of 15 years of data from our long-term vegetation plots and what it means for the health of our forest and, specifically, as an assessment of our […]

WTP Students Ready for Virtual Conference

The Northeast Natural History Conference is a regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology and natural history.   MRG staff and students were disappointed not to be able to attend the 2020 Northeast Natural History conference due to COVID-19. This […]

WTP Bobcat Project

MRG has begun another wildlife study, this time on bobcats. WTP researcher Jenna Lombino (White Plains HS) has set up several video camera traps in the Preserve to obtain high-res video clips of bobcats. Jenna’s objective is to be able to identify individual bobcats based on fur and spot patterns. In this area of their […]

Trent Wacaster

Wildlife Tech Class of 2020Putnam Valley High SchoolMentor: Zach Gajewski (Virginia Tech) Project: Anuran diversity and pathogen load in MRG vernal pools Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Trent was mentored by RAP student, Zach Gajewski, who is studying the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) that is infecting amphibians worldwide. Zach is focusing on how existing microbial communities […]