Autumn color is at its peak

Thursday, October 20, 2016

by Paul Huth
Poughkeepsie Journal

I hear many say each year, like author J.K. Rowling wrote, “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly!” And yet, the signals are there for us to observe, as they are for each season.
Weeks before the autumnal equinox the third week of September, the nights noticeably begin “drawing in.” Light, or day length, is the great governor of natural processes. Mohonk Preserve Conservation Science staff and citizen naturalist volunteers observe and record the results of the annual increase and decrease in day length and the effect on plant and animal species. Read More...