Daniel Smiley Research Center Marks 120 Years of Continuous Weather Data

On the first day of 2016, the Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station began its 120th year of continuous operation. In terms of days, that’s more than 43,800 days of volunteer observers personally recording the weather for the National Weather Service as a public service.

 

Photo: Director of Research Emeritus Paul Huth leads a presentation on the Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station by John Mizel

Purchased the 49-acre Ramey Parcel

Located in the upper part of the Coxing Kill watershed, this is an area of high conservation significance that includes an important 45-acre Hemlock-northern hardwood forest and 4.4-acre Chestnut Oak forest, along with a spring, seeps, the Coxing Kill stream and a tributary.

 

Photo: Ramey Parcel from the Mohonk Preserve archives

Preserve Launches Youth Nature Ambassador Program

The Youth Nature Ambassador program is a volunteer opportunity for teens, ages 14 and up, to gain work skills and community service credit, building skills and knowledge in education and environmental science as well as customer service and public speaking.

 

Photo: Youth Nature Ambassadors on a hike at Bonticou Crag by Stephen D. Stewart-Hill

High Falls Mesonet Station Installed at Spring Farm

Part of the New York State Early Warning Weather Detection System, New York State Mesonet is a network of 125 automated weather stations across the state measuring temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, pressure, radiation, and soil information as they happen on the ridge.

 

Photo: Director of Research Emeritus Paul Huth and the Mesonet weather station by Mohonk Preserve staff

Preserve Launches StreamWatch Program

StreamWatch is a research and community science-driven planning and data collection process which will evaluate water quality, identify vulnerable species, assess invasive threats, determine the need for riparian buffers or changes to existing agricultural practices, and inform future Preserve projects as part of an overall conservation plan for these watersheds.

 

Photo: Streamwatch volunteers conduct a field study survey by Tom Weiner

Historic Research Reports Get New Life

Selected DSRC historic Research Reports were made available publically to researchers, scientists, community naturalists, and others interested in natural history via social media along with Species Spotlights and historic Ridgelines articles.

 

Photo: 1969 Herbarium Specimen of Early Mountain Azalea from the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center archives

Grand Opening of the New Trapps Bridge

The newly completed Trapps Bridge replaces a former 1930 repurposed railroad bridge with an American-made steel pedestrian bridge with wooden decking, providing a critical link from Mohonk Preserve to Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the rest of the Shawangunk Ridge.

 

Photo: Grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the Trapps Bridge by John Mizel

Daniel Smiley Research Center Marks 120 Years of Continuous Weather Data

On the first day of 2016, the Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station began its 120th year of continuous operation. In terms of days, that’s more than 43,800 days of volunteer observers personally recording the weather for the National Weather Service as a public service.

 

Photo: Volunteer recording the temperature at the Preserve’s weather data collection station by Jolie Parker