Geoff Griffiths

2015 RAP Award SUNY ESF – Ph.D. Candidate Distribution and risk of chytrid fungus in amphibian communities Doctoral student and 2015 RAP recipient Geoff Griffiths (SUNY ESF) launched his research this spring.  Geoff and his advisor, Prof Greg McGee, are developing techniques to restore native wildflowers to our younger forests, which are still recovering from […]

MRG Welcomes Summer Interns

MRG Welcomes Summer Interns MRG welcomes the 2017 cohort of summer interns to the College Internship in Suburban Ecology (CISE) program. This summer’s undergraduate students are interested in the fields of ecology, conservation biology, and environmental sciences, and will assist staff and researchers with field work and data analysis over the course of an 8-week […]

Help Keep the Mianus River Clean on July 22

The Mianus River is one of a number of the coastal rivers that empties into Long Island Sound (LIS) at Cos Cob Harbor in southwest Connecticut. Its headwaters in North Castle and Bedford, NY, drain to the Bargh Reservoir, a drinking water source for the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. […]

George Raxworthy

Wildlife Tech Class of 2017Fox Lane High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project: Impacts of Deer Overpopulation on Red Oak Regeneration at Mianus River Gorge Project Status: Completed Project Description: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) overpopulation is a problem throughout the north-east USA. The browsing pressures from super-abundant deer impede forest regeneration and growth in saplings. To measure the […]

Jared Ortega

Wildlife Tech Class of 2017Carmel High SchoolMentor: Chris Nagy (MRG) Project:  Distribution of Fishers, Coyotes, Bobcats and Foxes in Westchester County Project Status: Ongoing Project Description: Martes pennant (Fisher), Canis latrans (Coyote), Lynx rufus (Bobcat) and Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) are predators native to the Westchester County area. After numerous Coyote sightings and Fisher sightings in southern […]

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 […]