03/24/19 3:00pm

BILL ZITEK PHOTO
Hungry chicks with mouths agape wait for parents to return to the nest with food.

Throughout the winter, hikers at Mashomack Preserve have come back to the Visitor Center exclaiming, “Could I have seen a bluebird out in the fields?” 

The answer is yes! A few of New York’s state birds do stick around during the cold weather, eating fruits and berries instead of the normal insect diet of the warmer months.

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03/24/19 8:00am

COURTESY IMAGE

Spring is here and with it the sweet songs of birds, the rush of warm weather … and the racket of gas-powered leaf blowers. (more…)

03/23/19 3:00pm

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI Spring

Hope springs

We live in a cynical age.

And the reasons that have made cynicism the defining vice of the times are many.

A look at recent American history can be blinding with examples of misguided and hypocritical leaders, many who were once skeptics but crossed lines into the camp of the cynics. And this is the place to give three cheers to the skeptics, who will hold fire and weigh a situation, never acting on either naiveté or the certainty that most human situations will end in tears. (more…)