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The Planet’s Fragility is Predicted by Monarchs

Anurag Agrawal, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, is the author of last year’s award-winning book, “Monarchs and Milkweeds: A Migrating Butterfly, A Poisonous Plant, And Their Remarkable Story Of Coevolution.” He has agreed to answer five questions, so we can learn more about one of our favorite Lepidoptera. 

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Foraging For Mushrooms With An Expert

It’s a perfect day for foraging in the woods: It’s not hot, not buggy and not really raining and the big white 2006 K 150 Sierra GMC scoots over the hillocks and washes and sunken places on the way to forest trails at a pretty fast clip.  “Don’t worry,” Erin Seelenbrandt tells me. “I’ve been driving mountain roads since I was 11.”
I believe her.

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Where it’s AT: The Accessible Appalachian Trail

Hiking

Falls Village is certainly not the only town in the Northwest Corner that has a section of the Appalachian Trail. But this tiny town has something that the other towns don’t have: a section that is accessible to travelers in wheelchairs or with strollers. 

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Golfing For Pleasure

Sports

Undermountain Golf Course, a hidden treasure in the area, is open for business. Small, intimate and quiet, this lovely little golf course in Copake is  a pleasure to play. 
There are many reasons to golf at Undermountain. The course borders the Taconic Park and is a virtual wildlife sanctuary, with many birds of prey soaring overhead and every sort of animal going through the woods.  

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Equine Friends Doing Good Deeds

Horses

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A Local Day Hike on The Appalachian Trail

Hiking

These soft spring days are a good time to be out in the woods, and if you can coordinate with another person, walking a section of the Appalachian Trail is an inviting option.
One manageable half-day section walk connects Falls Village and Salisbury. There are parking spots at either end, and the driving time between them is just twelve minutes.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Fitness

The NW YMCA’s gym at Geer in North Canaan is  a jolly place where men and women read each other’s T-shirts, thank anyone who resets the TV from Fox News and help newcomers adjust the variables of an exercise machine. The place draws people of all ages. (One person wanted to know if an elderly gal used her cane on the treadmill), and all levels of physical prowess. (One guy told me, glancing at a beautiful, tanned, muscular woman in her 20s, that he would like her body. Meaning he wished he were that fit.)   

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In Winsted, Learn The History And Moves of Medieval Combat

Class

Christopher Valli has been studying the German school of medieval combat for 13 years, to the point where he makes it look easy. He can deftly slice a longsword through the air, disarm an attacker who has a dagger and knock back an opponent using a poleaxe — all while explaining every move with a smile.

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Catch ’Em All in Your Town

Have you recently seen groups of people walking through town while staring at their phones? There’s a good chance they’re playing Pokémon Go, a popular new free-to-play mobile game that lets players search for monsters in the real world using their smartphones.

Turning a Chore Into Art

Country Life:

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