Song Birds in Gorge Reward Bird Watchers

Bird Walk in MRG On Sunday, a group of 24 enthusiastic bird watchers joined MRG’s Preserve Manager, Budd Veverka, and Bedford Audubon’s Tait Johansson on an early morning walk through the Gorge. Starting out in a private landowner’s meadow before heading into the forest, the group listened for bird calls that were impressively identified by […]

What we’re working on this summer: Mianus River Gorge Wetlands Restoration Project

A major goal of MRG’s “Source to Sound Phase II” initiative, funded by Westchester Community Foundation and Patagonia, is to restore the compromised wetlands known as Lockwood Pond. The Mianus River Watershed is comprised of nearly 40 wetlands systems whose health and functionality directly contribute to the cleanliness of the Mianus River, an important drinking […]

Deer Overpopulation

Too many deer is a common problem to many suburban areas of the northeast. And like most of our environmental problems, it is ultimately a human-caused problem. Deer were nearly exterminated in NYS and CT by the end of the 19th century. Active reintroduction programs, new hunting regulations, the reforestation of NYS in the 20th […]

Emily Stephan

2013 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Ph.D. Candidate Sustainable Mianus River Watershed Management Plans developed with Community-based i-Tree Hydro Modeling Through urbanization we have created an “urban biogeochemistry” that involves imbalances in watershed nutrient cycles, polluted waterways, and compromised ecosystems due to adverse interactions between society and the environment. Excess and bioavailable nitrogen is of […]

Lakshmi Mahajan

Wildlife Tech Class of 2016Ardsley High SchoolMentor: Emily Stephan (SUNY ESF) Project: Incorporating spatially explicit soil infiltration rates into i-Tree watershed models Project Status: Completed Project Description: Nitrate pollution is an increasing problem in urban watersheds such as the Mianus River Gorge due to an increase in industry and urban sprawl. Denitrifying bacteria in the nitrogen cycle […]

Sarah Cosmedy

Wildlife Tech Class of 2016Ursuline AcademyMentor:  Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Wildflower regeneration in post-agricultural forests and potential for restoration Project Status: Completed Project Description: Many factors have inhibited the growth of wildflowers in forests in the Northeastern United States. Limiting factors include overabundant white-tailed deer population and altered or disturbed soil conditions in these post-agricultural forests. As […]

Rebecca Walling

2012 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Masters Candidate Measuring the Damage Caused by Invasive Earthworms in Hemlock Forests Since colonization, people have introduced earthworms to our environment. In the northern United States, there are no native earthworms. Earthworms are popularly thought of as beneficial; fishermen use them as bait, farmers add them to their fields, […]

Rebecca Raffo

Wildlife Tech Class of 2015Somers High SchoolMentor: Rebecca Walling (SUNY ESF) Project: Patterns of plant biodiversity and invasive earthworm densities at the Mianus River Gorge. Project Status: Completed Project Description: Since the 1700s, earthworms from Europe and, more recently, Asia have been introduced to North America and have been reproducing and expanding since.  These organisms […]

Dylan Graham

Wildlife Tech Class of 2015Pleasantville High SchoolMentors: Chris Nagy (MRG) and Sheila Saia (Cornell University) Project: Aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity upstream and downstream of three road runoff entry points. Project Status: Completed Project Description: Stormwater runoff from roads into waterways can alter water chemistry and greatly reduce water quality.  The spotty nature of these runoff inputs […]

Kelly Duhigg

Pace Univeristy – Master’s Candidate Density, activity and movement patterns over a managed white-tailed deer herd Kelly is using camera traps to survey spatial and temporal changes in white-tailed deer populations residing within the Mianus River Gorge preserve. The goal of this project is to determine if deer management programs have reduced local deer population […]