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PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE. Join Henrike Holdrege of The Nature Institute and CLC for an evening of stargazing! We’ll learn about what constellations are visible right now, and gain some insight about how to search out objects in the night sky on our own.
Please bring a flashlight for wandering the trails of Ooms and dress for the weather. No telescopes are necessary! If you’d like to come, please be sure to register for the event – we will need to move to our “rain date” of November 20th if the night is overcast.
Do you find your nature photography a frustrating experience? Does your camera focus on everything but that hawk in the tree? Do you try to capture a moonrise only to see what looks like a blinding, extraterrestrial flashlight? Then join us as the Columbia County Photo Club presents a class for all levels of photographers catered to learning how to get the most from your camera, whether a “point and shoot” or digital SLR with all the bells & whistles. There will be a classroom presentation for about an hour, then we’ll head over to Ooms Pond where we’ll practice taking photos as day fades into night. Be sure to bring your camera, coat, gloves, tripod, and a small flashlight for this unique learning opportunity.
Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo on this guided walk offered by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program at Hand Hollow Conservation Area. It will introduce you to a variety of habitats, including a Beaver Pond and surrounding Wet Meadow habitat.
Please, register directly with Claudia Vispo, 518 672 7994.
This workshop is intended to help landowners and farmers navigate the land leasing and/or land purchasing process. In addition, focus will be paid to farm friendly conservation easements and how farmland conservation can both protect the agricultural and natural resources of a property while improving access and affordability for farmers. Once again, there will also be time set aside for Q & A and networking.
To attend, please RSVP by Friday, October 16, 2015.
This workshop is offered in collaboration with CLC’s program partner, the Dutchess Land Conservancy. The workshop is supported by the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, which is coordinated by American Farmland Trust and has received primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:00 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!
PLEASE NOTE DATE AND TIME CHANGE. Join us for a family friendly walk with environmental educator Justin Wexler to explore the world of mushrooms at Schor Conservation Area: their role in the soil, their role in nutrient recycling, and their relationship with plants. Foraging for mushrooms at our Conservation Areas is not permitted, but we will learn how to identify edible and poisonous mushrooms along the trail.
The workshop will focus on evaluating farmland to determine which type of farming is best suited for your property. There will be a series of short presentations that provide an introduction to farmland leasing and highlight the importance and benefits of farming your land followed by a panel of local farmers covering a wide range of farm types to give participants an idea of potential operations for their site. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A and a chance for participants to network. While this workshop is primarily designed to help landowners develop plans for their land, farmers are encouraged to attend to learn about different operations and to network with landowners and/or other farmers.
To attend, please RSVP by the Friday, October 2, 2015.
These workshops are offered in collaboration with CLC’s program partner, the Dutchess Land Conservancy. The workshops are supported by the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, which is coordinated by American Farmland Trust and has received primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
This program is designed for female private forest owners, firewood cutters, and homeowners wishing to gain a thorough knowledge and hands-on experience with safety and productivity. The training, provided by Bill Lindloff of Pro-Cuts, covers use of safety equipment; handling the saw to reduce fatigue; safety features of the saw; reactive forces of a running chainsaw; mechanics and physics of hinge wood; and more. This event is co-sponsored by CLC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia/Green Counties. There is a $50 fee for this event.
Registration is required. Please, register directly with Marilyn Wyman, 518 622 9820.
Please note new date! Join wildlife biologist Casey Tompkins and explore the life of bats: their benefit to our ecosystems; the threats they face; and how to encourage them around our homes. Participants will build bat boxes to take home for bats in their own garden.
We ask for a $5 fee to contribute to bat house construction costs.
Registration is required.
Attend a workshop to learn about a new guide published by the Hudson River Estuary Program, Creating Natural Resource Inventories. Learn about special habitats and wildlife present in our county as well as where to find information about forests, wetlands, streams, and other habitats that can be used in planning decisions. Presentations by Hudsonia, the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, and the Hudson River Estuary Program. Training credits will be available for members of planning boards (3.0 credits).
Register early as this program will be capped at 50 people. There is no fee for this program.