A Bear-y Close Encounter at Philmont Scout Ranch

A Bear-y Close Encounter at Philmont Scout Ranch

A group of Boy Scouts steeped in responsible outdoor practices, a retired geologist and wildlife conservationist with 24 years experience leading weekend trips for volunteers, and Baldy Mountain, one of the most iconic landmarks at the Philmont Scout Camp.  What could possibly go wrong? BEAR!

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Birds, Bees, & Butterflies: Wave Hill, New York

Birds, Bees, & Butterflies: Wave Hill, New York

The only certainty is surprise when you are out in nature to see wildlife.  No amount of planning will guarantee the desired birds or animals – but sometimes you get butterflies, monarch butterflies. Wave Hill in Queens, New York is the perfect place for the kids, the grandparents, the whole family to enjoy a day on the Hudson River. 

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Pterodactyl in the Backyard! What is a Pileated Woodpecker?

Pterodactyl in the Backyard! What is a Pileated Woodpecker?

"A prehistoric bird tore up my tree!!!!" That's how I once heard a city-raised-recently-suburbs-expatriated friend describe his first sighting of a pileated woodpecker.  Although I sincerely doubted that his new home was the scene of a Jurassic Park type incident, there was something about the wild look in his eye that caught my imagination - so I went to Saratoga National Historic Park in my quest to see one. 

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