…to get to a good nesting site.
This time of year female turtles leave the comfort of their watery homes looking for higher ground to lay their eggs, often in sandy or gravelly soils, like along roadsides. Please avoid hitting turtles and if possible help them cross the road, if it is safe to do so. After the female deposits her eggs she will cover them with soil and go back to a water body, having no further contact with the offspring. CONTINUE READING
We did it! Columbia Land Conservancy now holds conservation agreements with over 200 local landowners on over 23,000 acres of land. These agreements are legal arrangements that permanently protect a property’s natural characteristics while allowing landowners to continue to live on, utilize, and enjoy their land. Conservation agreements are one of the most effective tools we have to ensure that future generations will be able to experience a rural Columbia County with bountiful farmland, vibrant wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, protective flood zones, and access to clean water. CONTINUE READING
The cover story of the current issue of Saving Land, a national magazine published by The Land Trust Alliance, features The Columbia Land Conservancy’s Farmer Landowner Match Program. The innovative program ensures that agriculture remains a dynamic part of Columbia County’s identity and economy and protecting our rural landscapes.
Photos by Andreas Stresemann
At 7:30am on Saturday, May 18, a group of birders assembled at the Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area to spot spring migrants and resident birds. Elisabeth Grace of the Alan Devoe Bird Club led the walk and provided guidance. CONTINUE READING
What do you call it when seventy-five kids hold a chicken? Science class. Students from Hudson Junior High School recently visited Katchkie Farm on a CLC Sponsored field trip. It was a hands-on, sensory filled lesson on farming, biology, and the culinary arts.
Join 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring live entertainment, kids activities, and demonstrations drawing from rural traditions. The 2013 Country Barbecue will be held on Sunday, May 26 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Livingston, NY, and includes delicious food sourced from local farms and an array of beer and wine. No matter where you are at the event, you’ll be close to a culinary experience. There are passed entrees, cheese platters, and two bars serving wine and local beer from award-winning Chatham Brewing. Visit the buffet to indulge a variety of passions. CONTINUE READING