March 20 to March 29, 2024

March 20 to March 29, 2024

The first of our native spring flowers were blooming. Despite the availability of technology to measure springtime, many of us instinctively look to the sky, the forests, and the fields for confirmation, something we have been observing in the watershed for 13,000 years.

March 16 to March 22, 2024

March 16 to March 22, 2024

This week’s Almanac took us through the Vernal Equinox, and to the beginning of Year 31 for the Hudson River Almanac. We were also treated this week to a sighting of a very rare western songbird.

After this week’s edition, there will be a one-week pause in the Hudson River Almanac. We will return with a two-week Almanac on April 12.

March 6 to March 15, 2024

March 6 to March 15, 2024

A regular entry for the Vernal Equinox (3/19) will appear in next week’s Almanac. However, the moment of the Equinox, the beginning of Year 31 for the Almanac, occurred in the present week. Recognizing this, we felt it was in the best interest of the Hudson River Almanac and our readers to include its origin story this week.

March 1 to March 8, 2024

March 1 to March 8, 2024

The bald eagle, our nation’s symbol, was removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 2007. This followed a long period of recovery from habitat loss, the effects of DDT, and a myriad of other factors attributable to human behavior. Their recovery in the Hudson Valley in the last 25 years has been nothing short of miraculous, one of the most successful New York State wildlife recoveries ever. This week we continued to demonstrate how miraculous events can occur, when we take the time, display the empathy, and make the effort on the behalf of wildlife.

February 23 to March 1, 2024

February 23 to March 1, 2024

This was a week when the first of our amphibians risked their life and limb to get to the “other side.” This week’s full moon brought us a little more than usual, as well. And, with many bald eagle nests incubating, we begin to do the math on when hatches may occur.

February 17 to February 23, 2024

February 17 to February 23, 2024

Since the start of the new millennia, winter has been dominated by bald eagles, particularly along tidewater. Many, if not most, of the Hudson Valley bald eagle nests are presently incubating and the countdown to hatch (32-35 days) is underway. Glass eels in from the sea have had a sputtering beginning but are due to pick up as the water warms. Add in oysters and a lost croaker, and we had a good week.