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Volume 74, Number 4

February, 2020

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A photo of people cross-country skiing

Cross-Country Skiing--A Lifetime Sport

by Karen Williamson

page 2

A photo of a dark-eyed junco

Species Spotlight--The Dark-eyed Junco

by Tom Lindsay

page 6

A photo of a reusable bag

Reusable Bags--The Wave of the Future

by Kayla Montanye

page 8

A photo of a group of moose exiting the water

An Adirondack Encounter: A Woman, a dog, and a Moose Train

by Ellie George

page 10

A photo of a green space in New York City

The Forests Where We Work, Live, and Play

Urban forestry provides an outdoor oasis in today's cities, towns, and villages

by Christine McLaughlin

page 13

A photo of Governor Rockefeller signing the legislation establishing DEC

Fifty Years of Progress

DEC & Earth Day mark their golden anniversaries

by Conservationist Staff

page 16

Artwork of a beaver pond

The Artwork of Jean Gawalt

A sample of artwork by former DEC biologist and Conservationist contributing artist

page 18

A photo of food digesters

Food Waste in the City

Composting, fighting climate change, and creating energy in the "city that never sleeps"

by James L. Simpson

page 22

A photo of Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area

by Nathan Ermer

page 26


On Patrol

by ECO Lt. Liza Bobseine and Forest Ranger Capt. Sarah B. Geesler

page 17


by Conservationist Staff

page 28


Includes feature Ask the Biologist

by Conservationist Staff

page 30

Back Trails

Owl Echoes and Recreation Conservation

by Conrad Baker

page 32