Join Us for Our First-Ever Bioblitz!

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties for our first ever BioBlitz at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area!

The BioBlitz is an event held to survey a location for birds, trees, butterflies, fish, amphibians, mammals, and more! This event is coordinated so that all naturalists – scientists and citizen scientists alike – can explore the site, identify what they discover, and come together at the end to count species and record the data.

Join expert naturalists in a race against the clock to identify as many species of plants and animals at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area as possible. You can attend one or all of the scheduled guided hikes listed below, please arrive at your own convenience..

Bring your smart phone or other mobile device, tick preventative clothing, binoculars, and field guides if you have them. We suggest downloading the iNaturalist app to your phone before you come – it’s free! Please be sure to register so that we can be in touch in the event of a cancellation.

Here’s a schedule for the day – feel free to come for the full event, or drop in when it’s convenient for you. We ask that you leave your dogs at home, as they may scare wildlife.

8:00 a.m. – Birds
9:00 a.m. – Fish, Stream Invertebrates, Herbaceous Plants
10:00 a.m. – Fungi, Reptiles & Amphibians
11:00 a.m. – Insects, Woody Plants

Kids’ activities from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For registration and more details, please click here or contact John Horton with any questions at john.horton@clctrust.org

Birding 101

Are you a beginner birding looking to improve your skills? Join us for Birding 101 led by expert birder and CLC volunteer Kathy Schneider. Along with learning how to identify birds by site and sound, we’ll also learn how to use the eBird application to track bird lists out in the field. The first half of the presentation will take place at the CLC Office. Afterwards, we’ll head to Ooms Conservation Area to test our identification skills.

Please be sure to register so that we can be in touch in the event of a cancellation.

Volunteers Remove Invasive Honeysuckle

On a snowy April Saturday, thirteen volunteers gathered at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area to begin year two of our habitat restoration project, led by Master Gardener volunteers Tim Kennelty and Glenda Berman. Our task was to remove as much invasive Japanese honeysuckle along the roadside as we could in two hours.

Why were we working so hard to get rid of this plant? This invasive plant is bad for a number of reasons. Honeysuckle spreads rapidly, crowding out other native species that birds, pollinators, and other wildlife depend on for food. It is also suspected that honeysuckle produces a chemical in its roots that can make it hard for nearby plants to grow. While birds do eat the small berries honeysuckle produces, they are not the fat-nutrient rich food that birds need. A bird’s diet is much better served from native plants!

Volunteers cleared about 100 feet of honeysuckle along the roadside – what a difference! Once the honeysuckle has been removed, we will plant native trees and shrubs in their place, as part of our process of restoring native habitat at Siegel-Kline Kill. Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to help out!

If you want to join our next volunteer outing, please contact John Horton at john.horton@clctrust.org

If you’re interested in volunteering in another capacity (assisting at events, taking photos, maintaining trails), check out our Volunteer page to sign up.