Discover Ecology

Acid Rain

Though not in the news as much as it once was, acid rain—more correctly called “acid deposition” because it also involves snow, fog, particles, and gases—remains a problem in our region.

Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

Since the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s, there has been a whole lot less acid falling on the Northeast. That’s mostly thanks to the 1990 Clean Air Act, which has made a big difference to lakes and streams.

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

If I Had a Hammer

Lecture Video

President of the Cary Institute Bill Schlesinger discusses society's most pressing environmental problems, and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet, now and for future generations.

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Clive Jones on Ecosystems, Economy and Society

Video

Cary's Clive Jones speaks at an International Conference exploring how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development.

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

Inspiring data literacy

While our trails and grounds are closed for the season, our education staff is gearing up for a busy spring. Field trips and enrichment activities are being scheduled with a focus on data literacy through long-term monitoring. 

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

Clarifying the Clean Water Act

By the late 1960s, America’s fresh waters were in crisis. Rivers were catching fire, unsafe E.coli levels were common, and Time Magazine declared Lake Erie dead.

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Lecture Video

Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talks about his new book, a collection of pieces from his New York Times column The Rural Life.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Findlay receives National Wetland Award

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is pleased to announce that senior scientist Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay has received the prestigious National Wetland Award from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).

Land-use & Human Impacts

Recent articles about "Land-use & Human Impacts".

From Forests to Farms, and Back Again: Land Use Change in the Hudson Valley

Lecture Video

Presentation by Charles Canham for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

Opossums: Where Lyme disease goes to die

Say hello to the opossum, the American marsupial with a pointy nose and prehensile tail that dines on ticks like a vacuum dines on dust.

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

The Dark Side of Road Salt

When cities and states apply tons of it to roads like they did this winter, drinking water supplies can be easily contaminated.

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

Informing resilient coastal cities

Coastlines make up less than ten percent of the land in the continental U.S., yet they house nearly forty percent of our population. 

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Storm Ecology: Light

Podcast
Any time there are high flow events bringing water and sediments from the tributaries and over the dam, it causes several fairly dramatic changes. Podcast interview with freshwater ecologist Dr. Stuart Findlay.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

asian tiger mosquito

Mosquitoes in urban areas

Podcast

Now that summer is finally on the horizon, so too is mosquito season. More than an annoyance, mosquitoes can spread serious illnesses, like West Nile virus and Dengue.

Wildlife & Habitat

Recent articles about "Wildlife & Habitat".

Peeper keeper

For nearly 20 years, Gary Lovett has kept a journal with notes about a variety of natural events taking place in his backyard in southeastern New York, including the date that spring peepers begin peeping in his vernal pool each year.

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