Research Reports

Research Report Archive at Mohonk Preserve's Daniel Smiley Research Center

Mohonk Preserve co-founder Daniel Smiley, for whom the Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center was named, dedicated his life to understanding and protecting the Shawangunk Ridge. A thorough scientist and researcher, he meticulously recorded his observations on many subjects, from the flora and fauna of the Preserve to weather and other environmental phenomena.

“As a naturalist, Dan always let nature and serendipity guide our daily path. And, as unpredictable as nature is, our subject was mostly different each day. It was a very special time in my life,” said Mohonk Preserve Director of Research Emeritus Paul Huth. Dan and Paul’s observations were summarized in internal technical research reports still housed in hard-copy format at the DSRC.

Scientists typically share their projects and results in peer-reviewed publications and scientific journals. While a few reports were published in The Chirp, the newsletter of the John Burroughs Natural History Society, Dan rarely published his observations, choosing instead to distribute them personally to colleagues and store them in the archives. But now these reports are being made public — each with a new introduction authored by Paul that gives important and interesting context to the modern reader. “To me, profiling these Research Reports allows our audience to experience the breadth and depth of our interest in nature, which I had the privilege of experiencing with Dan during the 15 or so years of our working together,” said Paul.

Read the Reports with Introductions from Mohonk Preserve Director of Research Emeritus Paul Huth:

  1. Keys to Taste and Morphology: Blueberries and Huckleberries of the Shawangunks
     
  2. Forest Vegetation Changes: A Plant Community Transition — per stirpes
     
  3. Mud Pond (North) on Overcliff Road

  4. Traumatic Weather Events that Influenced Mohonk Forests

  5. Shawangunk Forest Fires 1842 to 1982

  6. Temperatures 90° or Above

  7. Halos, Mock Suns, and Coronas

  8. Frost Dates and Growing Season

  9. Check List of Turtles

  10. Prevailing Winds in the Shawangunks

  11. Frost Curls

  12. White Christmas

  13. Snow

  14. Temperatures 0° or below

  15. January Thaws

  16. Gray Squirrels on the Move

  17. Shrews of Ulster County

  18. Sublimation from Mohonk Lake Ice

  19. Vegetable and Fruit Growing in the Shawangunks

  20. The Shawangunk Sky Island-A Research Concept

  21. Of Porcupines and People

  22. Witches’ Brooms in the Shawangunks

  23. American Chestnut: 1984 Status in the Shawangunks

  24. Fish of the Northern Shawangunks

  25. Arbutus Habitat

  26. Gypsy Moths and Man-A Story of Mutual Accommodation

  27. Dendrochronology-Sassafras

  28. Raccoon

  29. Botanical Significance of the Shawangunk Mountains and the Mohonk Preserve

  30. Bedstraw in Ulster County

  31. Predators in Ulster County: From Wolf to Coyote

  32. Wildcats and Other Felines in the Shawangunks

  33. Yellow Lady-slipper

  34. The Passenger Pigeon in the Shawangunks

  35. Cowbird

  36. Shawangunk Plant Species: Decreases and Increases During 100 Years

  37. Blue Jay

  38. Wildlife of the Shawangunk Cliffs

  39. Flowering Dogwood: Decline in the Shawangunks

  40. Common Pheasant

  41. Natural Values of The Mohonk Trust Lands

  42. Slate-colored Junco Studies at Mohonk

  43. Barn Swallow

  44. Owls of the Northern Shawangunks

  45. The Salamanders of Ulster County

  46. Pink Lady-Slipper

  47. Raven

  48. Plant "Pioneering"

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