Phenology

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.

Tuning into nature’s rhythms

Podcast

Our food, water, and even moods are tied to seasonal cycles. But only a select few tune into nature's rhythms and take careful notes.

Dr Richarcd Ostfeld and Kelly Oggenfuss monitor tick activity on the Cary Institute's campus.

In a warmer world, ticks that spread disease are arriving earlier, expanding their ranges

In the northeastern United States, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens. At the same time, milder weather is allowing ticks to spread into new geographic regions.

Waning light spurs autumn foliage display

Vicky Kelly, manager of the environmental monitoring program at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook said trees have evolved methods for coping with our winters over thousands of years, the biggest trigger of which is shortened days.

peeper

It's almost time for spring peepers

One of the first signs of spring in the Northeast is the unmistakable calling of the spring peeper. The peeper is a small frog, weighing only a few grams, but its mating call is louder than many songbirds weighing 10 times as much.

maple flowers

Colorful maple blossoms signal spring

When I was a kid, in the springtime I would walk through maroon patches of plant material on my way to and from elementary school.

chipmunk with ticks

Has warming spread Lyme?

The Lower Hudson Valley has long been considered the epicenter for Lyme disease in New York state. As a result, most Dutchess County residents are well acquainted with the disease.

Subtle cues spur awakening

As spring settles in around us, there is a lot of evidence of how organisms and the ecosystems they are part of respond to the shifts in the seasons.

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