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Volume 72, Number 4

February, 2018

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A photo of a great gray owl by Ryan von Linden

Forest Phantom

The great gray owl-a rare New York visitor

by Dave Nelson

page 2

A photo of the Washington County Grasslands in winter

Washington County Grasslands WMA

by Jed Hayden

page 4

A photo of the author holding a black bear cub

In Search of Black Bears

Studying denning bears with DEC biologists

by Eileen Stegemann

page 6

A photo of a black bear captured on a trail cam


Citizens helping with black bear research

by Catherine Sun, Angela K. Fuller & Jeremy Hurst, with Dave Nelson

page 11

A photo of a summit steward talking to a hiker about the local ecology

Awarding Environmental Excellence

DEC's Environmental Excellence Awards program

by John Razzano

page 14

A photo of a group of birders in the woods

The Best Weekend in the Woods

Enjoying the annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

by Kristen Rosenburg

page 18

A photo of the Caledonia Fish Hatchery

Caledonia Fish Hatchery

by Robert Stein

page 22

A photo of a sweat bee on goldenrod

Unwelcome Introduction?

Non-native invasive plants can threaten our ecosystems

by Dr. Doug Tallamy

page 24


On Patrol

by ECO Lt. Liza Bobseine and Forest Ranger Capt. Stephen Scherry

page 17


by Conservationist Staff

page 28


by Eileen Stegemann and Ellen Bidell

page 30

Back Trails

Missing the Adirondacks

by Shannon Brescher Shea

page 32