Sunday, December 8th 8:00am - 10:00am
Greenport Conservation Area Joslen Boulevard, Greenport
Winter is a great time for beginner birders! Join us on Sunday December 8th at 8am for a winter bird walk at the Greenport Conservation Area with biologist, writer and local farmer, Will Yandik. Become better acquainted with our feathered resident friends as we walk the trails to look and listen for both resident and visiting winter birds, with fewer bird species around and barely any leaves on the trees; those here are easier to spot and learn about their habits. Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring binoculars, we will have some binoculars to lend. Contact Heidi Bock 518-392-5252 ext 207 for more information.
Saturday, December 14th 2:00pm
Schor Conservation Area – Pavilion 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan
Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program for a hike along the pond and through the woods of this public conservation area. We will explore different types of forest and show you how to recognize various kinds of woody plants in winter. The number of participants is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register early with Claudia@hawthornevalleyfarm.org or (518) 672-7994.
Tuesday, December 17th 5:00pm
Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area 1452 Garage Place Road, Ghent
As the name suggests, December’s Full Cold Moon inaugurates winter’s cold weather, and offers us the opportunity to walk the moonlit landscape with all the leaves, and possibly some new snow, on the ground. Join us at the Seigel-Kline Kill Conservation Area. Please dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight.
Wednesday, December 25th 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.
Wednesday, January 1st , 2014 5:00pm
Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area 503 Carson Rd, Ancram
We invite you to celebrate the New Year with a New Moon’s Walk. Come test your night vision, sharpen all your other senses, and join us in New Year fun as we experience the evening landscape without the aid of moonlight. Our walk will be at Round Ball Conservation Area. Please, dress in layers, and bring a flashlight.
Saturday, January 4th , 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
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 Vergottini-Wexler as we look for signs of wildlife and learn how different species adapt to winter’s cold weather and limited food supply. Who knows, we might even spot a critter or two! With questions, please contact Sara Hart.
Thursday, January 16th , 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Columbia Land Conservancy Office 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY
This presentation by environmental educator Casey Tompkins will introduce you to Wetland Ecology: its unique features, diverse inhabitants, and its crucial role in the greater web of life we call “ecosystem.” The program will include a slide show and will allow plenty of time for discussion, so bring a friend and all the questions you’ve been meaning to ask about this rich and beautiful natural environment. Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, March 16th , 2014 1:00pm
Crandell Theatre 46-48 Main Street, Chatham, NY
Calling on all filmmakers – aspiring or experienced, young or young at heart! Submit your entries to the 6th Farm Film Festival that will run on March 16, 2014 at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, NY. The festival is sponsored, among others, by Columbia Land Conservancy. Entry deadline is February 21st – only three months away. We hope to see your work at the festival!