Spotted Lanternfly: a new, unwelcome invader!

By Jennifer J. LernerSenior Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County Here in the Hudson Valley, we have weathered waves of invasion . . . Insect invasion that is. Think of the multicolored Asian lady beetle buzzing around your house, soon replaced by the brown marmorated stinkbug dive-bombing your reading light at night. The […]

Application period for 2019 RAP grant now open

The application periods for our 2019 Research Assistantship Program (RAP) for graduate students has begun. Each year, MRG awards a RAP grant to fund a graduate-level study that investigates environmental challenges in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years. More info and the […]

What We’re Working on this Winter …

What We’re Working on this Winter … You’d think that after acquiring 52 acres to add to the land the Mianus River Gorge protects that Executive Director Rod Christie and the Board of Trustees would rest over the winter. But, as always, Rod is thinking about the next land conservation and protection opportunity in the […]

Check it out!

Congratulations to Chris Nagy and the Gotham Coyote Project team for their newly published paper! A monthly column called Sidewalk Naturalist by Lenora Todaro in Catapult Magazine takes an in-depth look at coyotes in the Bronx and includes lots of insights from Chris Nagy. You can find this article on the MRG Media tab under […]

Applications for 2019 Summer Interns are up!

The application periods for our 2019 College Internship in Suburban Ecology (CISE) for undergrads has begun. The CISE program offers summer or semester internships to college students and recent graduates who are interested in learning about the unique challenges facing urban/suburban natural resource managers. Through a variety of research and land management projects, interns are […]

Should We Accept the New Norm?

The Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie Driving around at this time of year one gets a chance to look into the forest and view firsthand the changing of the northeast landscape. Forest trees are getting older (the better to store carbon), fields are growing into forests as farms are no longer in production and the […]

The Long Walk

Beginning in 1952, an active group was dedicated to protecting the Mianus Gorge.  However, by late 1953, it was clear that the opinions of the group alone were not sufficient to secure the funding to protect the Gorge.   As one of the Founders put it, “to base a fund drive with any prospect of success, an […]

Challenge Grant Extended!

CHALLENGE GRANT EXTENDED! Our would-be benefactor has generously offered to extend the “Challenge Grant” that she offered to help us raise the remaining capital to fully fund the historic High Tor acquisition. We now have until January 31, 2019, to raise $20,000. As a reminder of how a challenge grant works, the generous donor will […]

Winter Trail Rest Dec. 1 to Apr. 1

Trails are Closed for their Winter Rest December 1 to April 1 Ever since 1986 the preserve has been closed to hikers for its winter trail rest to prevent the Gorge from being loved to death. We all know the damage caused by uncontrolled visitation in some of our state and national parks. Overuse of […]

Should We Accept the New Norm?

Outdoor Observer by Rod Christie, Executive Director Driving around at this time of year one gets a chance to look into the forest and view firsthand the changing of the northeast landscape. Forest trees are getting older (the better to store carbon), fields are growing into forests as farms are no longer in production and […]