Research Report #62 — Mohonk Poultry Farm

For many years scientists and naturalists have been studying and observing the flora and fauna of the Shawangunk Ridge. Foremost among them was Daniel Smiley, for whom Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center is named. Dan wrote numerous reports summarizing his observations on various topics. This regularly occurring series will feature some of these reports; some hold tremendous scientific value today and just await an interested researcher to follow up, others showcase a quirky sense of humor or highlight an oddity of nature.

Mohonk Poultry Farm, undated photograph © Courtesy Nell Boucher, Mohonk Mountain House Archives
Mohonk Preserve Foothills with Brook Farm, Pine Farm, and Kleinekill Farm in view © Mohonk Mountain House Archives
View from Pine Road © Stephen D. Stewart-Hill
Mohonk Poultry Farm Lane, 12 March 2020. © Paul C. Huth, Mohonk Preserve
Flat red sandstone with circular groove chiseled on surface, with a drain. 12 March 2020. © Paul C. Huth, Mohonk Preserve
Lake Mohonk House Soda Fountain Menu © Courtesy Nell Boucher, Mohonk Mountain House Archives
Mohonk Poultry Farm, House foundation remains. 12 March 2020. © Paul C. Huth, Mohonk Preserve
Old South Road, near the Mohonk Poultry Farm, with field stones picked and piled along the sides from cultivated fields. 12 March 2020. © Paul C. Huth, Mohonk Preserve
Saw-whet Owl © Carol Natoli

With over 8,000 acres on the Shawangunk Ridge, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.