Recreation and Conservation – A Natural Fit!

It’s easy to visualize what recreation looks like at Mohonk Preserve – the runner, cyclist, climber or walker just out to clear their head. As importantly, what does conservation look like?

Conservation looks like people, like you, caring for the land, renewing their memberships and donating to support this great place. It’s also the scientists and volunteers studying plant blooms, the emergence of spring creatures, the nesting of peregrine falcons, and our changing climate. All of the data collected helps us manage our 8,000+ acres for recreation and conservation. Humans need both to thrive. And the Preserve needs your help to deliver them.

Please consider making a gift today. Together we can ensure conservation and recreation are always a natural fit!

Learn More About Conservation at Mohonk Preserve

Here’s what our scientists are telling us using data collected at the Preserve’s Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station: Temperature this winter was 7.7°F above the 127-year average, marking this as the second warmest winter season on record. Precipitation was 9 inches above average, but snowfall was nearly 13 inches below average. What does that look like? A brief ski season and wet boots on carriage roads – but also research such as vernal pool monitoring starting three weeks earlier than average to study the life cycle of amphibians on the ridge.

So, what is a vernal pool? Vernal pools are shallow water bodies, typically in forested areas, that are filled each spring by rain and snow and usually dry up in the summer. In the Gunks, vernal pools are critical breeding grounds for salamanders, frogs, and aquatic insects. In the spring, you’ll usually hear one before you see it as frogs call out to potential mates. A good place to see a vernal pool is about one mile north of Trapps bridge on Overcliff carriage road or at the intersection of Bonticou Road and Cedar Drive at Spring Farm.

Please consider making a gift today to support Mohonk Preserve.

Together we can ensure conservation and recreation are always a natural fit!

Photos: Humpo Marsh by Gerald Berliner; Mohonk Preserve Foothills by Gerald Liddelow; Vernal Pool by Susan Lehrer