From the beginning, Mohonk Preserve’s founders were keen observers and stewards of the land and all of its inhabitants, and that legacy continues to underpin our research, land management and outreach endeavors.
In 2015, Dr. Elizabeth Long joined Mohonk Preserve as Director of Conservation Science. Most recently Elizabeth was in Los Angeles working as a La Kretz postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Paul Huth continues to support all aspects of the work carried out by the Conservation Science program in his role as Director of Research Emeritus.
Last year the Preserve also expanded its Citizen Naturalist Program, led by Preserve Citizen Science Education Coordinator Christy Belardo, increasing the number of Climate Trackers volunteers and incorporating new Phenology Trail workshops.
Robust research also continued at the Preserve as the 2015 Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Radka Wildova and Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal of the Ecological Research Institute. Their research project is contributing to our efforts at understanding the effects of Hemlock Wooly Adelgids.
Notable publications from 2015 included Research Associate Dr. Dave Richardson’s publication on Sky Lakes monitoring data, coauthored by Paul Huth and John Thompson, and Research Associate Dr. Glenn Proudfoot’s study on biomarkers of animal health using Saw-whet Owls.
The Preserve’s 2015 interns included Schaefer Interns James Byam (SUNY New Paltz) and David Chernack (Brandeis University), and Mount St. Mary College-Sarro Intern Lindsay Ostrander, who worked on a project developing methods of understory mapping of biological communities. Bryan Krebs (SUNY New Paltz) joined the Preserve in autumn as the Giuseppe Traverso Citizen Naturalist Intern. Bryan studied and analyzed data from recent deer hunting seasons on the Preserve.
Weather and long-term phenology records were continued uninterrupted, marking 90 years of spring bird arrivals and 119 years of weather recording, which now totals over 43,800 days!
The Preserve’s rich historical research records, along with ongoing initiatives to advance conservation science, help us all become better stewards as we navigate our changing world.