Green Drinks hosted by CLC at Helsinki Hudson

Tuesday, October 21st , 2014 5:30pm

Helsinki Hudson – 405 Columbia Street, Hudson

Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, October 21st 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.
Joining us this month are Michael O’Hara and Iona Lutey, volunteer members of the Columbia County chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. This is a nationwide organization with the goal to build political will for an effective, bipartisan solution to climate change. They are succeeding in changing the conversation in Washington about climate change!
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!


Planning your Farm- Meet the Professionals

Tuesday, October 21st , 2014 7:00pm

Churchtown Firehouse – 2219 County Route 27, Churchtown, NY

For our third Down to Earth Workshop, local farm advisors will be available to offer one-on-one advice in all areas of farm planning including business planning, lending, grants, legal considerations, distribution, marketing, and much more. The event will run in a facilitated open-house format to ensure that all participants receive individual time with the professionals of their choice.
The advisors, including their affiliation and field of expertise, include:
Sophie Ackoff of National Young Farmers Coalition – New Farmer Communities and Networks; Mick Bessire of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Crops and Animals; Chris Cashen of The Farm at Miller’s Crossing – Appropriate Farm Size/Scale and Equipment Needs; Todd Erling of Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation – Farm-to-Table Co-Packers/Marketing and Distribution; Sandy Ferry of Farm Service Agency – FSA loans; Paul Freeman of Freeman Howard P.C. – Legal Aspects of Farm Leasing and Purchasing; Steve Hadcock of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cooperative Extension Services for Beginning Farmers; Kirk Kneller of Lofgren Agency – General Insurance, Workers Comp, and Product Liability; Michele Kopec of Farm Credit East  - Farm Taxes and Tax Credits; Benneth Phelps of The Carrot Project – Loans; Dave Rifenburgh of Farm Credit East – Loans; Mark Twentyman of Sotheby’s International – Agricultural Assessments; Brian Zweig – Business Opportunities/ Business Planning; and a representative from NRCS – federal grants.
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Lets Learn about Bats and Build a Bathouse

Saturday, October 25th , 2014 4:00pm

Schor Conservation Area – Pavilion – 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan

In the spirit of Halloween, we invited wildlife biologist Casey Tompkins to help us explore the life of bats – their amazing adaptations and great benefit to our ecosystems; the threats they face; and how we can encourage them around our home.
Casey Tompkins will first introduce us to the life of bats at the Schor pavilion, then he will lead us on a walk in the woods to discuss the natural habitat of bats. Finally, we will all walk over to CLC’s barn to build bat boxes that participants get to take home to provide a safe haven for bats in their own garden.
We ask for a $5 fee to cover bathouse construction costs. Please, register for this event so we know how many participants to expect.

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Effective Farmland Lease Drafting and Dispute Resolution

Saturday, November 1st , 2014 10:00am

Milan Town Hall – 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, NY

For our final Down to Earth Workshop in 2014, attorneys will review basic lease drafting principles, and will work with participants to interactively understand the important components of a lease.  A representative from the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program will also review dispute resolution options.
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The Wonders of Raptor Migration

Saturday, November 1st , 2014 1:00pm

Harrier Hill Park – Rod and Gun Rd, Stockport, NY

Why do raptors migrate and how do they know the way? How did these amazing birds of prey adapt to a long journey? Come and find out for yourself. Wildlife rehabilitator and educator Trish Marki of Silent Wings will tell us about the Fall migration patterns of our native raptors. She will have live birds with her to show us up close and personal the amazing adaptations of these magnificent hunters. This will be a family friendly educational program. The event will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

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Columbia County Trails Roundtable

Monday, November 17th , 2014 5:30pm

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

Trails groups and supporters from across the County and beyond will gather at the Trails Roundtable hosted by CLC. Speaker TBD, please stay tuned.
Following the presentation, Trails groups from around the region will report their plans and progress.
Please register so that we may plan for seating and refreshments. With questions only, please contact Christine Vanderlan, 518.392.5252, ext. 208.

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Green Drinks hosted by CLC at Helsinki Hudson

Tuesday, November 18th , 2014 5:30pm

Helsinki Hudson – 405 Columbia Street, Hudson

Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, July 15th 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!


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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