By John Ferro. Poughkeepsie Journal.
Every year at this time, a nearly 90-year-old ritual begins in one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse places in the country.
As soon as blossoms emerge and critters start moving around, a group of dedicated people head out into the stunningly beautiful Shawangunk Mountain ridge in Ulster County to catalog the spring arrival dates of plant and animal species.
The scientists and their helpers carefully take note of the dates of first bloom, as well as the arrivals of birds and the emergence of amphibians and insects. See the full article online or view as a PDF.