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Volume 63, Number 6

June, 2009

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An osprey about to land on its nest

Make Way for Osprey

Co-existing with this bird of prey

by Blanche Town

page 2

Campers at Bear Mt. Park in the 1940s

Home Away From Home

Lifelong camping traditions at DEC campgrounds

by Ellen Bidell and Brian Scott

page 6

Two young children on tricycles with their mother on rollerblades behind them

Blazing Trails

Building a trail network across New York

by Robin Dropkin and Wally Elton

page 10

A man tubing the whitewater of the Esopus Creek

Totally Tubular

A refreshing cure for summer boredom

by John Razzano

page 14

Leaf of the perennial bloodroot

Extraordinary Leaves

A photo essay of New York native leaves

page 18

A close-up of a friendly fly showing striped thorax and checkered abdomen

Friendly Flies

Those little black bugs aren't pests

by Karin Verschoor, Gloria Van Duyne and Dave Nelson

page 24

Angler in a boat on lake Ontario holding a large salmon

The Good Old (New) days

Fishing for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario

by Al Schiavone

page 26

A butterfly with iridescent blue and black wings

Inspired by Nature

Nature can provide creative solutions

by Deborah J. Knight

page 30


On Patrol

includes feature "Ask the ECO"

by ECO Lt. Tom Caifa and Forest Ranger Lt. John Solan

page 34


includes feature "Ask the Biologist"

by Jenna DuChene

page 36

Letters and Review

by Eileen Stegemann and Jenna DuChene

page 38

Back Trails

Mornings with Jacques

by Daniel Pinkwater

page 40