Riparian Corridor Restoration Project Update

Healthy riparian zones are crucial to the health of watersheds such as the Mianus River Watershed. Riparian buffers and wetlands help dissipate floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, filter out pollution, provide fish and wildlife habitat, and sustain the health of downstream water sources. The healthier the riparian zones, the better job they do at performing these […]

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 […]

Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree

Since 2019, MRG has been involved in a partnership with the New York Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation and SUNY ESF to begin the restoration of the iconic American chestnut. American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was a keystone species of the eastern hardwood forest, as well as the tallest tree species in the east, until […]

Research Assistantship Program Grants – Now Accepting Applications for 2021

We’re now accepting applications for our Research Assistantship Program. The RAP offers 3-years of funding for thesis research to graduate students investigating applied ecology in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years. The application deadline is Feb. 1 to May 1st, annually.  More info […]

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 […]

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 […]

What We’re Working on this Winter

As the trails rest for the winter in the Mianus River Gorge Preserve and Taylor Preserve, MRG staff continue their work to advance important land and water protection efforts throughout the region. Executive Director Rod Christie has been working this winter with land owners, donors, and community partners throughout the region to facilitate the purchase […]

Matching Gift Reminder

Many companies provide matching gifts for their employees as part of their employee benefit packages. Your donation of any amount may go twice as far (or more!) in your support of the Gorge. Please check with your Human Resources department for specific information on whether your employer has a matching program and how to request […]

Coyotes in Long Island

MRG and our partners have studied the growing coyote population in New York City for a decade now, and it has been one of our most productive and popular research studies. From the beginning, we expected coyotes to flourish in NYC as they have done across North America. In addition, if coyotes can penetrate the […]

Land Owner Resources

Buffers for Beauty As a neighbor, Mianus River Gorge works to protect the land and water sources within our shared watershed. A big part of our efforts are currently focused on the banks of the Mianus River and surrounding wetlands, and working with private landowners like you to protect them. With an understanding of your […]