Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Town of Catskill Washington Irving Senior Center - 15 Academy St, Catskill, NY 12414
Conservation advisory councils (CACs) advise local governing boards and agencies on matters related to the environment. This workshop will explain what conservation advisory councils are, how to start one, and some of the key elements of effective councils. Representatives from three CACs will give examples of their work. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Self‐certification forms will be provided for 2.0 credit hours of land‐use training for municipal boards.
Please, register online at www.intro-to-cac.eventbrite.com or by phone 518 622 9820, ext. 26. With questions, please contact Audrey Kropp, Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 622-9820, ext. 26.
Event sponsors: Greene Land Trust, the Columbia Land Conservancy, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia-Greene Counties, Hudsonia Ltd., and the Columbia County Environmental Management Council.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Helsinki Hudson - 405 Columbia Street, Hudson
Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, May 19th 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 is “Farms Not Prisons ” Farmer and Organizer Jalal Sabur, who will discuss how the Freedom Food Alliance is building a movement to use the power of food and food justice to address mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. The Freedom Food Alliance is a collective of small rural and urban farmers, activists, artists, prisoners and prison families who use food as an organizing tool. The alliance started the VROOM Cooperative and Victory Bus Project to connect urban and rural communities and to support families of prisoners with transportation to prisons in the Hudson Valley and a box of farm fresh food. Jalal coordinates the work of the Alliance, plus starting Sweet Freedom Farm in Germantown, NY with the goal to do farm education, a maple syrup operation and turn decommissioned prisons to farms.
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!
Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia County Fairgrounds - 32 Church St, Chatham
Join fellow bikers on this approximately 65-mile fun, non-competitive bike ride that will lead you over many scenic dirt roads, including the trails at Hand Hollow Conservation Area. The ride is supported by USA Cycling and sponsored by HRRT, Capital Bicycle Racing Club, Bountiful Bread, and Chatham Brewing.
Registration is $40 before April 30, $50 before May 15, and $60 on May 17th. The event benefits CLC.
Please click here to register.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area - 653 County Route 3, Ancram, NY
Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo on this guided walk offered by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. It will introduce you to a variety of habitats, including a rare Calcareous Talus Slope, and the associated plants and animals at Drowned Lands Swamp Conservation Area.
Please, register directly with Claudia Vispo, 518 672 7994.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
Greenport Conservation Area - Joslen Boulevard, Greenport
Come and help CLC and Riverkeeper cleanup the all access trail at Greenport Conservation Area overlooking the river and the Catskills. Join in on the fun all day long or for as little as 2 hours, we need all the help we can get. Please bring: gloves, work boots, hat, sunscreen, snacks and a water bottle. Appropriate tools you can bring, if you have them: Shovel, lopper, hand saw, pry bar, landscaping rake, etc. This event is part of Riverkeeper’s effort to clean up old farm dumps along the Hudson River.
To register for the event please visit CLC’s VolunteerSpot or Riverkeeper’s website. With questions, please contact Nate Davis 518.392.5252 ext 205.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Schor Conservation Area – Pavilion - 58 Shoreview Dr, Canaan
Co-hosted with the Canaan Conservation Club, this traditional event is a family favorite encouraging young anglers to hone their skills from the shores of beautiful Jon’s Pond. All participants will receive a prize, and the fishing derby winners will be awarded a grand prize. Spend the morning at this serene Conservation Area, connect to your natural surroundings, and enjoy a friendly competition among budding anglers. Food and refreshments will also be provided. Please, bring your own fishing supplies.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Main Parking Area - 480 Rock City Rd, Chatham
This hike includes gently rolling hills, meadows, and grasslands encircling Sutherland Pond, enjoying the fine views of the Catskill mountains. CLC staff will provide a guided walk and share information about the preserve. The hike is organized by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. For more information, please contact Nate Davis, 518 392 5252, ext. 205.
Friday, May 1, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Greenport Conservation Area - Joslen Boulevard, Greenport
We invite you to be part of an invasive species removal task force. Beginning in May, and throughout the summer, we will target invasive species such as glossy buckthorn, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, and others at our Greenport and Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Areas. No experience necessary. If you have gloves and other tools, please bring them.
Please, register directly with Nate Davis, 518 392 5252, ext. 205.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Fellowship Hall, Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack - 88 NY Route 9H, Claverack, NY 12513
Streams 101 covers how streams naturally flow on the land, how streams respond to disturbance, and the problems that can arise in streams, especially during flood events. Presentations will also include case studies and useful planning tools and resources to assist municipalities in adapting and becoming more resilient to future flood events. Municipal training credits will be offered. Stay tuned for additional details.
This free event is sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia / Greene Counties, and the Hudson River Estuary Program.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Wilson Powell Sanctuary - Hunt Club Road, Old Chatham
Are you interested in woodland pools? Do you have one on your property or know someone who does? Join scientist Suzanne Beyeler’s team and be trained to collect data at woodland pools and to assist with research in the Hudson Valley. We’ll go on a short hike to reach a woodland pool so appropriate footwear is recommended. Please, come prepared to get your feet wet, your hands dirty, and to have fun! When scientists and the public come together, we create one of the world’s largest research teams!