Walks in the woods help compile state's fall foliage reports

Mark Mulholland & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 06, 2020 07:07 PM
Created: October 06, 2020 07:06 PM

According to I Love NY's official fall foliage report, we should see peak color in much of the Adirondacks and Catskills this weekend.

If you've ever wondered exactly how they figure out where and when to peep the most colorful leaves, it's as simple as a walk in the woods.

Going for a walk with Kathy Miller and her 10 ½-year-old standard poodle, Roxy, makes you look a little more carefully at the changing colors of fall.

Miller, a native of Glens Falls, with a family home in Queensbury on Lake George, has a perfect spot to peep leaves. So when I Love

NY put out a call for leaf peepers, she immediately became one of their peeps.

She checks the same trees each day and views the changing colors with a critical eye. Are they dull, average, or brilliant. She then reports back to the state on Tuesday of each week, so they can assemble their official fall foliage report and map in time for the weekend.

Miller says the hardest part is predicting what the leaves will look like on the weekend.

Learn more about how she makes her predictions by watching the video of Mark Mulholland's story.


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