Spring Flowers and Wild Bees of “Slabsides”

It is hard to imagine a more fitting place to explore and observe nature than at the woodland retreat of, American naturalist, John Burroughs.   Today’s outdoor enthusiast can follow in his footsteps and sit on the porch of his rustic home called, Slabsides situated on a rocky crag overlooking Celery Swamp.    This 200 acre oasis is located in the Black Creek watershed on … Continue reading Spring Flowers and Wild Bees of “Slabsides”

Early Spring Blooms Abuzz with Action

Early spring is a great time to begin searching for native bees and other pollinators of the Hudson Valley.   The first warm sunny days of March awaken the dormant flowers of the pussy willow, red maple and spicebush.  These three native woody plants, abuzz with activity, all thrive in or near wetlands and are an oasis of nectar and pollen that usher in a season … Continue reading Early Spring Blooms Abuzz with Action