February 18, 2016, 5:30 pm

59 Main Street, Chatham, NY

Please note we’ve moved to the Third Thursday of the month and changed locations to Chatham Brewing!

Joining us this month is Faith Gilbert, co-founder of Letterbox Farm Collective in Hudson, and author of the Greenhorns Guidebook “Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together.”  Faith will be discussing her research from the Cooperative Farming Project, as well as sharing her experiences as a young farmer in Columbia County.  She’ll also describe some of the challenges she faced in forming the Farm Collective.

Join us each month for informal learning and networking at Green Drinks.   Green Drinks is a monthly international networking event for anyone who has an interest in conservation, sustainability, and meeting like-minded people, which is now in 540 cities worldwide.

Questions?  Would you like to volunteer to be a speaker?  Contact John Horton.

    Great Backyard Bird Count at CLC – Indoor Only!

    February 13, 2016, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

  • Become a citizen scientist for the day, collecting important data for a nation-wide survey of birds coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.   Last year, almost 19 million birds were counted world-wide by over 147,000 groups of volunteers.   We’ll meet at the CLC Office for a brief presentation from Will Yandik to learn more about birds and their calls.

    Due to inclement weather (a forecast of 14 degrees with winds up to 19 miles per hour), the outdoor portion of this event has been cancelled.  Don’t worry, though, your data will still be counted!  We’ll review how to track bird sightings from the comfort of an easy chair and submit the data online.
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  • Green Drinks Columbia County

    February 18, 2016, 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

    Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham, NY

  • Please note we’ve moved to the Third Thursday of the month and changed locations to Chatham Brewing!

    Joining us this month is Faith Gilbert, co-founder of Letterbox Farm Collective in Hudson, and author of the Greenhorns Guidebook “Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together.”  Faith will be discussing her research from the Cooperative Farming Project, as well as sharing her experiences as a young farmer in Columbia County.  She’ll also describe some of the challenges she faced in forming the Farm Collective.

    Join us each month for informal learning and networking at Green Drinks.   Green Drinks is a monthly international networking event for anyone who has an interest in conservation, sustainability, and meeting like-minded people, which is now in 540 cities worldwide.

    Questions?  Would you like to volunteer to be a speaker?  Contact John Horton.

  • Full Snow Moon Walk at Siegel-Kline Kill

    February 18, 2016, 07:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area, 1452 Garage Place Road, Ghent

  • Join us for the first Full Moon Walk of the new year!  We’ll explore Siegel-Kline Kill by the light of the full moon after participating in Green Drinks (you’re welcome to attend one or both events).  Please dress in weather-appropriate layers.
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  • Join Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology for a Winter Walk at Clermont

    February 27, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Join the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a Winter Exploration on Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. at the Clermont State Historic Site in Clermont. Walk through the parkland and forest around Livingston’s mansion, gaze out over the Hudson River, and see what’s “out there.”  Learn how to identify some of our common trees and shrubs in winter, see some of the wintry remains of wildflowers, and keep a lookout for animal signs. This walk is free, but the number of participants is limited. So, please register early by calling Claudia Vispo at 518.672.7994 to reserve your space and receive directions.

  • Build a Bluebird Box at Schor

    March 5, 2016, 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Schor Conservation Area – Pavilion, 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan

  • Join us to help construct habitat for our local bird populations.   Making boxes for bluebirds is especially important – they are cavity dwellers, which means they nest in hollowed out parts of trees – and much of their habitat has disappeared.

     
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  • Join Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology for a Native Species Habitat Presentation

    March 8, 2016, 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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  • Native Species Habitats: An Inspiration for Gardeners and Land Managers

    A presentation at the Lenox Garden Club on March 8, 2016, 7pm at the Academy Building in Lenox, MA

    by Claudia Knab-Vispo, botanist with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program

    This slide presentation will lead you through some of the natural and agricultural habitats in Columbia County and introduce some of the native plants and animals with whom we share the land. Throughout the presentation, there will be specific management suggestions for land stewards how to maintain these habitats and their inhabitants. Gardeners are encouraged to let the natural habitats inspire their garden designs and to give some garden space to native plants. Through conscious habitat management and landscaping with natives, we hope to help ensure that many native species, plants as well as animals, continue to have a space in our landscape.

    More info here: http://hvfarmscape.org/events/presentation-lenox-garden-club 

  • Big Night

    March 12, 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

  • Location and date to be confirmed.  If you like frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians, join us to learn more about the Big Night!  Big Night is an event that occurs when the temperature and snow melt is just right, and these animals leave their winter hiding places to journey to temporary vernal pools and ponds to lay their eggs.  We’ll learn about what different creatures you might find where, and take a short walk to Borden’s Pond to look for amphibians.

     
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  • Farm Film Fest 8

    March 13, 2016, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Crandell Theatre, 46-48 Main Street, Chatham, NY

  • Entries are now being accepted for Farm Film Fest 8, an annual event sponsored by the Chatham Agricultural Partnership, the Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Chatham Film Club. The event will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the historic Crandell Theatre in Chatham, New York.

    The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues and is especially interested in films that have a local connection. Films should be from 5-20 minutes and submitted in DVD format. The program includes films made by professional and amateur filmmakers. Students of all ages are encouraged to submit films. Selection of films for the festival is done by a panel of local filmmakers and farmers.

    Find out more here: http://www.chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest.html