The Pros and Cons of Trail-Building

MRG’s primary mission is to protect, manage, and restore land and waterways within the Mianus River watershed.  The organization’s mission also includes conducting scientific research to better understand and protect the plants, animals, and ecosystems that exist on our land and throughout the region at large.  By necessity, protection, stewardship, and scientific research must sometimes […]

Hemlocks 2022

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 2022, MRG scientists are participating in the New York State Hemlock Initiative to help establish a population of the Laricobius nigrinus beetle, a promising biocontrol […]

Ways to Give

Make a Gift of Stock: It’s easy! When you transfer ownership of securities to Mianus River Gorge, you may receive a charitable income tax deduction for their full market value. To donate stock, please talk to your broker and ask them to contact us for account details. Donate a Vehicle: Mianus River Gorge has partnered […]

MRG Scientists Share Their Knowledge

Our science staff and many of our students participated in three scientific and stewardship-related conferences since our last update. Director of Land Management, Budd Veverka was invited to and attended the New York State Invasive Species Summit in Albany (November 16-17, 2021) where he was involved in a number of collaborative discussions on managing invasive […]

Time to Clean Out Bluebird Boxes

Time to clean out last season’s Bluebird boxes! Bluebird scouts are checking out potential nesting sites for building their nests. Hopefully Bluebirds occupied your birdhouses, but you may find they were overtaken by Wrens, Swallows, or mice that filled them up with little sticks and other materials. Bluebirds may have built nest upon nest if […]

Spotlight on Research and Education, Winter 2022

Winter 2022 MRG publishes paper on deer management and forest regeneration One of the most pressing issues for land managers in the Northeast is addressing the impacts of super-abundant white-tailed deer. The suburbs and exurbs offer an almost-ideal habitat for deer – with patches of forest to offer food and refuge, large yards and gardens […]

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 […]