The Frost Valley Natural Resources and Environmental Science Department has recently begun gathering data for an ongoing study being carried out through a collaborative effort by Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The project is called AVID. This is an acronym that stands for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer. Measuring the impact of deer browse on forest vegetation is of great interest to the Natural Resources team. A major overarching focus of the Natural Resources department is to ensure that the forest ecosystem remains in balance. We want to be sure that our forests can support a high […]

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I thought I would share with you some of the sights we are being treated to up here in the Catskills. Wildlife is all around us, at every turn there is something special to see and we are taking time this session to stop and pause and take in the views and share our space with nature.

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Spring has sprung and that means warm weather, beautiful flowers and, of course, adorable baby animals. During springtime in the Catskills, it is not uncommon to see baby rabbits, young birds in their nests, and even bear cubs! One of the most common types of baby animals for Frost Valley guests to spot in the springtime are whitetail deer fawns. At Frost Valley we typically start seeing deer fawns sometime around late May to early June, but sometimes even earlier. When the fawns are first born they are very small and covered in spots. The spots serve an important function for a young and vulnerable fawn. They are the perfect […]

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