“It's hard to miss the noisy, hyperactive Red Squirrels in any season, but especially during the pinecone and nut gathering Fall.” –Dianne Engleke 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.




Bill Schlesinger's Blog

October 4, 2015- There is probably no word more overused in environmental vocabulary than “sustainability.” Universities have sustainability officers. Fisheries biologists and foresters talk of maximum sustainable yields. Corporations tout sustainable development. Not far beneath the surface, all of these folks are really interested in raising the impact, harvest or profit of their operation, with the best possible public image.

Sustainability became vogue in 1987 with the publication of the Brundtland report—Our Common Future, defining sustainable development as:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future  generations to meet their own needs.”

'Autumn is a good time to see Spring Peepers as they look for winter shelter in leaf litter and wood piles, taking time out to sunbathe.'- Dianne 

Dianne Engleke is an artist, photographer and naturalist living in beautiful Dutchess County, NY.

by Arvolyn Hill

On Sunday, September 27 the moon and sun gave us a spectacular show. Sunday's full moon was a super moon meaning the moon was closer to Earth than usual. As well it was the last lunar eclipse in a series of four spanning two years. Following the eclipse the moon turned a copper red color, the blood moon. The next time the moon will repeat this action will be 33 years from now.  Arvolyn Hill snapped photos of the rare eclipse and blood moon through a telescope at Averill Farm apple orchard in Washington Depot, CT. 


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September 28, 2015- When we look at the other planets in our solar system, the light we see is sunlight reflected off their surface. So it is with the Moon. And, if we were on the Moon, the brightness of the Earth would be determined by reflected sunlight.

Now suppose, the Earth was veiled in a cloud of dust, say from a volcanic eruption, that increased the sunlight reflected to the Moon. The Earth would appear brighter, and outside, we’d find that the sunlight looked a little dimmer. These were probably the conditions after the massive eruption of Tambora in 1815, which produced a year without a summer in the Northern hemisphere. The Earth experienced a period of global dimming for several years. In snowed in New England in June and crop failures were widespread.

September 18--Dr. Annette Lanjouw is a globally respected primatologist who is helping conserve and protect threatened populations of great apes.  She was invited to the Cary Institute to speak about her work.  She works with the Arcus Foundation, perhaps the largest foundation funding ape conservation work globally. For 15 years, Annette was the Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), a partnership to protect the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

She has carried on the important work of Dian Fossey in protecting the endangered gorilla in Africa, in dangerous and war-torn areas.  She also works to protect chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos and to restore their habitat in such areas such as Borneo where deforestation is rampant.

1173 Photo by Annette Lanjouw