by Peter Paden Published July 4, 2014 in the Register-Star
Climate Change: It’s Real and It’s Serious
I learned something really interesting the other day about snapping turtles. Their gender is determined by the temperature of the nest where the eggs are incubated. Turtles lay eggs anywhere from 6 to 10 inches deep. Those closer to the surface are warmer, and produce females; males are a product of the deeper, cooler nests. To me, this is one of those fascinating scientific factoids that inspire amazement and awe at the mysteries of the universe.
We will keep the Independence Day festivities going at our 3rd PCA Day of the summer with fun to last into the evening on July 5th, Saturday at Siegel – Kline Kill Conservation Area. There will be old-fashioned games and races (horseshoe, sack-race, bubble blowing, etc); two fun duck-herding demonstrations; an Independence Day themed story by a professional story-teller; our Hike 5 Program; a Bonfire with s’mores; and much more! This day will be for the young and young-at-heart alike! Please, check our website for details, and please register for this event.
At the first “Best of Columbia County” awards presented by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Register Star, CLC was honored to have been voted the Best Non-Profit/Community Organization!
CLC invites you to the summer’s second PCA Day – a day of fun-filled activities celebrating our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs). On Saturday, June 21st, between 10 – 3 pm, at Ooms PCA we will offer a variety of activities, some lasting all day and some with a set schedule. Stop in and enjoy as many as you wish. There will be kayaking and paddle boarding in Sutherland Pond with Steiner Sports; water chestnuts removal from your own boat; wetland ecologist Casey Tompkins brings back his turtle presentation, complete with live turtles; he will lead a Wetland Ecology walk around Sutherland Pond; we will offer our Hike Five, Nature Quest, and geocaching activities.
Come prepared to make fun summer memories! Please, register for this event.
Want to feel really good about playing in the water? Come paddle with us and help us remove water chestnuts! We need all the helping hands we can get to tackle this highly invasive plant. Between June 8 – June 23 CLC plans to remove water chestnuts as often as possible at Meizinger Lake of Hand Hollow PCA and at Sutherland Pond of Ooms PCA. Participants will be shown how to safely remove and dispose of water chestnut by boat or from shore. If you have a canoe, kayak, or row boat, please bring it. CLC has a few boats to lend. For more information, contact Nate Davis, 518.392.5252, ext. 205.
We hope you join us for this fun and rewarding mission!
by Peter Paden Published June 6, 2014 in the Register-Star
North Bay Update
A year and a half ago, I wrote in this column about a wonderful vision for a critical portion of the City of Hudson’s waterfront, the area in and around the North Bay. The Columbia Land Conservancy had previously published a study, which we called a Concept Master Plan for a North Bay Recreation and Natural Area (the “Concept Master Plan” or the “Plan”). The Plan would do a number of cool things.
We are kicking off the summer with the first of four PCA Days: day-long fun-filled events in celebration of our Public Conservation Areas (PCAs).
On June 7th, Saturday, at 10 am we invite you to hike the new trails at Round Ball Mountain PCA, created last year by the Greenagers, in the company of a naturalist and a Greenagers representative who will tell you about the natural history of the Round Ball Mountain as well as the story behind its trails. At lunch we will enjoy a family-friendly educational program on native raptors by Silent Wings, complete with live birds! Our staff will also offer a Nature Quest and geocaching, and much more!
Registration is strongly recommended for this exciting event. Our PCA Days are free but we ask for a $10 contribution / family or car to offset the cost of the event and to support our PCAs. Please, feel free to contact us with any questions: 518. 392. 5252.