What can cruise at an altitude of 29,000 feet, is a beloved icon of the great outdoors, and yet can be the bane of lawn lovers? It’s the honking harbinger of advancing autumn and coming cold (and sometimes, bad alliteration), the Canada goose.
During the month of September, students from Colton-Pierrepont Central School participated in the Monitor My Maple Project through Nature Up North. Through this citizen science project, students at different grade levels are asked to monitor the phenology of the maple trees around campus over the course of several weeks.
You may be noticing near-perfect circles of leaf tissue have gone missing from sugar maples near you this fall. The culprit: the maple leafcutter (Paraclemensia acerifoliella) moth, a tiny native insect pest with a steel-blue body and a bright orange head. Read on to learn more about what this means for local trees.
Many of us look forward to the phenomenal display of fall foliage as trees begin to show their true colors during the shorter, cooler days of fall. But could the abnormally dry conditions toward the end of summer and into fall this year be affecting the timing and degree of fall color change? Read more to find out what this means for the North Country.
We're all familiar honey bees and the larger, more conspicuous bumblebees, but did you know there are approximately 350 bee species in Northern New York? Wild bees are the unsung heroes of smaller agricultural enterprises common throughout the North Country. SLU research student Sam Haab introduces us to some of the more common bee species you'll find in your garden.