ReWilding Spring 2017

Bear Mountain State Park, NY

Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River.

The area includes one of the largest tidal wetlands in the Hudson River. The ecological importance of Iona Island has been recognized through designation as: Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat Area, and National Natural Landmark. The Iona Island/Doodletown BCA is located within the Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The Iona Island area is an approximately

The Iona Island area is an approximately 270-acre tidal wetland that ranges from freshwater to brackish. It is dominated by narrow-leaved cattail. Non-vegetated tidal flats, subtidal aquatic beds, and rocky uplands also occur. Tidal creek channels and a high gradient freshwater creek are also present. The Doodletown portion is largely a steep, rocky, undeveloped forest land that hosts a wide array of forest-nesting species, including rare warblers. The area as a whole provides highly valuable habitats for marsh- nesting birds, waterfowl, warblers, shorebirds, eagles, amphibians, reptiles and fish spawning and nursery areas.

Listed species include Bald Eagle (threatened), Least Bittern (threatened), Cerulean Warbler (special concern), Golden-winged Warbler (special concern), Osprey (special concern), Northern Harrier (threatened) and Pied-billed Grebe (threatened). Other bird species include Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Acadian Flycatcher.

Student Comments

I love having the doctoral students and others classes to learn from. We are all in this together and every one of us brings something so unique and different to our experience as a whole. I think this blending is very important and also all of us as a cohort bonding at Re-wildings is very powerful.

I learned that time studying at Viridis has created new images I learned that my personal myth is shifting I learned that in an ecosystem I can remain important even if I’m not front and center I learned that I have lots to learn.

That through the most frozen times I am de-icing old narratives and finding who I will become from the lake unfreezes.