Number of the Month: 1500 Dams

Number of the Month: 1500 Dams

Pace student Rowan Lanning proposes a Deadbeat Dam Act to rid New York waters of nonfunctional dams that ruin aquatic ecostsystems. More than 1500 dams block Hudson River tributaries. The transformation of the Wynants Kill in Troy New York is evidence she is onto something. Video follows.

EarthDesk Sunday: Hummingbird Clearwing by Michelle D. Land

EarthDesk Sunday: Hummingbird Clearwing by Michelle D. Land

You have to be quick to capture a photo of a feeding Hummingbird Clearwing, as Professor Michelle D. Land learned when she grabbed this fleeting image for the blog Pace Takes New York, curated by Professor Michael Finewood. Often mistaken for a hummingbird due to its appearance and habits, the Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) is in fact a moth that is widespread in North America, ranging from Alaska to Florida, including here in the Hudson Valley.