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 […]

Please Donate to Camera Fund

If you’d like to help us increase the size of our camera trap array to capture images of the fascinating animals that inhabit the region, the Gorge, and your backyard, click here to donate to MRG’s Camera Fund (please let us know your donation is for the camera fund by clicking on “Add special instructions” […]

Winter Trail Rest Dec. 1 to Apr. 1

Trails at Mianus River Gorge and Taylor Preserve Are Closed for their Winter Rest December 1 to April 1 Thank you for visiting our Preserves! We have again had heavy visitation this year and the trails in the Preserves need their rest more than ever.  Why does Mianus River Gorge close its trails during the […]

Car Donation Benefits MRG

Now is a great time to donate your old vehicle to MRG! We have partnered with Donate For Charity (www.donateforcharity.com) for vehicle donations, and it couldn’t be any easier. If you have a vehicle you wish to donate, please visit the Ways To Donate tab on our website. The link to DFC takes you straight […]

MRG Celebrates Historic Acquisition

On November 18, 2021, Mianus River Gorge closed on the purchase of three parcels comprising 17.5 acres and the donation of a 5.7-acre conservation easement by Scott Kurnit to protect 23.2 acres of historic land bordered on three sides by the Mianus River Gorge Preserve. MRG received leadership support from individual donors, its Board of […]

GIVING TUESDAY

As we near the end of the year, we reflect on how much your support means to the Mianus River Gorge today and every day. And we know we’ve asked you for a lot in 2021 … if you’ve already given to help with the recent land purchase, we thank you and ask if you […]

Outdoor Observer

Change is sometimes good… or at least not all bad By Rod Christie, Mianus River Gorge Executive Director October 6, 2021 The Eastern Forest of North America has undergone great change since 45% of the US was covered in old-growth forest. The Eastern Forest of North America has undergone great change since 45% of the […]

Planting in the Preserve

MRG’s restoration garden was a success right from the start. Starting in 2016, Rod Christie spent many hours collecting seeds from local wildflower stock and planting them in raised beds with covers to protect plants from chipmunks and other predators. Once mature, these plants were then used as seed and plant sources for a wide […]

Trail Maintenance, Restoration, & Stewardship

On arguably the hottest day this summer, Director of Land Management Budd Veverka, Preserve Steward Jean-Luc Plante, and Summer Intern Leah Cass set out to do a major trail maintenance project. Their task was to build new steps on a steep part of the trail, just south of the Overlook, to improve footing and minimize […]