Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18, 2017 8:00 am

Ooms Conservation Area At Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area

480 Rock City Rd Chatham

Become a citizen scientist for the day! Join CLC board member and birding expert Will Yandik as we collect important data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s nation-wide bird survey.

We will provide binoculars and bird guides, but please bring your own if you have them. Please dress in weather-appropriate layers!


    Map Reading for Local Planning and Resource Protection

    March 30, 2017, 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM

    Cornell Cooperative Extension 479 Route 66 Hudson

  • Members of planning and zoning boards, Conservation Advisory Councils, and other municipal committees or staff are invited to participate in an entry-level training using online map tools and a free version of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for local planning purposes. Participants will receive and practice using a free data package compiled for Columbia County.  The package contains data commonly used to analyze the potential impacts of development projects, conduct SEQRA reviews, undertake comprehensive planning, and identify conservation priorities. It also includes tax parcels, soils, wetlands, floodplains, topography, and other data related to natural resources.

    Participants must bring a laptop computer. The data package uses ESRI ArcReader Software. To check that you will be able to run the software, use this online utility. Information about system requirements will be sent to registrants. NOTE: The data package is not available for Apple computers.

    Self-certification training credits will be offered to members of planning boards for 3.0 hours of training.  By attending, participants commit to (1) using these skills on behalf of their community and (2) sharing their new skills with fellow board and committee members.

    The training is sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.


  • Woodland Pools Exploration

    April 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Harris Property Stone Wall Road Austerlitz

  • Ever wondered what’s living in the small, temporary ponds that seem to pop up in the woods in early spring and disappear by summer? If so, join CLC and the Farmscape Ecology Program for a Woodland Pools Exploration program!  We’ll be taking a short hike around the Harris property as we learn about vernal pool ecology and their conservation significance. Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to get your feet wet!


  • Volunteer for Earth Day!

    April 22, 2017, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area 1452 Garage Place Road Ghent

  • Join us to make a difference on Earth Day! We’ll be working at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area. We’ll provide tools and expertise, just bring your enthusiasm for doing good.


  • Build an Insect Hotel

    April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Roe Jan Library 9091 Route 22 Hillsdale, NY

  • Have you heard the buzz about pollinators? They need your help! Join CLC and the Roe Jan Library to create hotels for bees and other insects and learn about honeybees.

    Please call Ashling Kelly at 518.325.4101 to register.

  • Riverkeeper Sweep

    May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

    Greenport Conservation Area Joslen Boulevard Greenport

  • Join us and hundreds of other volunteers for this event, a day-long effort to clean up the banks of the Hudson River from Albany to New York City.


  • Early Morning Bird Walk

    May 13, 2017, 07:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Greenport Conservation Area Joslen Boulevard Greenport

  • Join CLC and Audubon educator Larry Federman on an early morning bird walk at Greenport Conservation Area! May is prime birding time for migration and there’s a variety of important habitat for nesting birds come spring. CLC will provide binoculars and bird guides but please bring your own if you have them, our supply is limited.


  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    May 20, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Hand Hollow Conservation Area 4079 County Route 9 New Lebanon

  • Spring is finally here! Join CLC and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners as we take a guided hike at Drowned Lands Conservation Area in search of spring wildflowers. The wetland complex in which Drowned Lands is situated will hopefully provide us with a look at some rare kinds of wildflowers that exist in this unique ecosystem. Please bring a wildflower guide (if you have one) and wear appropriate footwear, as some of the trails may be wet from spring rain.