Christmas Day Walk

Thursday, December 25th , 2014 10:00am

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area – 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham

Join us on our traditional Christmas Day Walk at Ooms Conservation Area. The rolling fields and beautiful winter views will be your opportunity to take a break from the holiday rush, or work up an appetite, or simply take in the quiet winter landscape.

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The Tricks of Cold Weather Hiking

Saturday, January 10th , 2015 10:00am

Borden's Pond Conservation Area – 1628 Route 203, Ghent

Winter’s crisper air, deepening quiet, and unique sights are a great reason to head outdoors. But knowing how to stay comfortable in cold weather can be tricky. Come out for a hike (or snowshoe) with us through the Borden’s Pond Conservation Area as we discuss how to adjust our gear for the colder season, how to stay warm and comfortable, and how to keep having fun on the trails in the winter months! Please dress in layers, and avoid cotton or jeans.

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Animal Tracking Walk

Monday, January 19th , 2015 10:00am

Hand Hollow Conservation Area – 387 Gale Hill Rd, New Lebanon

Did you ever wonder what animals do in the winter? There are plenty of species who do not hibernate, and this season is an especially great time to look for their tracks or other signs of their activity. Join us for an animal tracking walk at Hand Hollow Conservation Area with environmental educator Justin Wexler as we look for signs of wildlife and learn how different species adapt to winter’s cold weather and limited food supply. Justin will also tell us how Native Americans used to hunt for wildlife in the winter. Who knows, we might even spot a critter or two! If snow cover allows, we’ll use snowshoes. Please, dress in weather appropriate layers.

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Green Drinks hosted by CLC at Helsinki Hudson

Tuesday, January 20th , 2015 5:30pm

Helsinki Hudson – 405 Columbia Street, Hudson

Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:30 pm at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with conservation-minded people in Columbia County. Please, contact CLC’s Heidi Bock with questions.
As always – Green Drinks is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, with a different guest speaker every time. Same time, same place, different speaker – all waiting for you!


Bird Call Identification

Sunday, February 8th , 2015 1:00pm

Columbia Land Conservancy Office – 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY

Location To Be Determined, Depending on Weather
Winter is a great time for beginner birders! There are fewer birds around, so it is easier to learn about their habits and how to tell them apart. Join us for a winter bird identification program with biologist, writer, and local farmer Will Yandik. Become better acquainted with our feathered friends as we get to know the behavior and songs of resident and visiting winter birds.
If weather permits, we will meet at one of CLC’s Conservation Areas, if not, then in CLC’s Chatham office. Stay tuned!

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18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Sunday, February 15th , 2015 9:00am

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area – 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham

Join fellow birders, CLC staff, and our guest expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY as we all become citizen scientists for the morning. We will identify and count birds at feeders, and collect data for a nation-wide survey. We’ll have binoculars and bird guides, but bring your own if you have them. Please make sure you have plenty of warm layers, preferably not cotton or jeans, as we will spend considerable time standing in one place counting the birds. We’ll have hot tea and cocoa for you!

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Green Drinks hosted by CLC at Helsinki Hudson

Tuesday, February 17th , 2015 5:30pm

Helsinki Hudson – 405 Columbia Street, Hudson

Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, February 17th at 5:30 pm at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with conservation-minded people in Columbia County. Please, contact CLC’s Heidi Bock with questions.
As always – Green Drinks is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, with a different guest speaker every time. Same time, same place, different speaker – all waiting for you!


Maple Sugaring

Saturday, March 14th , 2015 2:00pm

The Farm at Miller's Crossing – 81 Roxbury Road, Hudson

Warm days and cold nights are the perfect recipe to get the sap flowing in sugar maples across the northeast. Join us at The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, a local sugar bush, to learn about the modern and traditional techniques of tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling the sap down to syrup. The farm owners will explain the present day gravity fed collection system, and if the conditions are right, fire up the evaporating pan to start boiling the sap. We’ll be joined by environmental educator Justin Wexler to talk about Native American traditions of maple sugaring. If last year is any indication, you will have a chance to taste the sweet syrup as it comes out of the pan!

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