We don't have to go to wild places to find wildlife. A surprisingly wide range of species can be found in our sities and towns, from familiar animals like the raccoon to more exotic ones like the mountain lion.
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The Tarpmaster had back-to-back business travel upstate and to Long Island over the past and coming week, so we had a rental car over the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to go upstate for some outdoor adventure. We planned an excursion to New Paltz, with a hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a visit to Adair Vineyards, and dinner at Rock Da Pasta in town, which offers gluten-free options.
The fall issue of Outdoors in NYC, the Urban Park Rangers' quarterly listing of park events and activities, is now available online. Highlights include the Urban Starfest in Central Park on Saturday, October 18th, a Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour on November 22, and Haunted Lantern Tours of Fort Totten Park on October 24 and 25. There are numerous other night sky astronomy events, fall foliage events, and history, hiking, wildlife, and special events, all free.
There's a terrific article by Richard Louv over at Children and Nature Network, titled "You're part of the new nature movement if..." Chances are you'll find something there that resonates, whether your connection to nature is spirituality or productivity, and whether you're trying to connect nature and people in the form of yourself, your children, your employees, or the public.
Speaking of finding frogs, scientists have discovered a new species of leopard frog right here in New York City. Its range is more or less the area within commuting distance, from New Jersey through Putnam County, and it was discovered because, although it looks very similar to other species, it has a distinct croak.
In the mid-1990s, the Tarpmaster and I hiked two sections of the Appalachian Trail, from Kent, Connecticut south to Clarence Fahnestock State Park one year, and from Kent north to Great Barrington, Massachusetts the next, for a total distance of about 100 miles. It was a wonderful experience both times.
Flickr photo by Morrow Long