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Learning Goals for each Rensselaer Naturalist Outing

April 14: Amphibian Walk
How to identify the frogs, salamanders, and eggs seen or heard on the walk; what a vernal pool is.

April 27: Birds and Bird Song
How to identify ten birds by either sight or sound.

May 11: Invasive Plants Program and Workday with Capital Mohawk PRISM
How to identify five or more invasive plants; the common methods for controlling some of them.

May 18: Spring Wildflowers
How to identify ten plants that flower in the spring.

June 1: Wetland Plants/Ecology
How to identify ten wetland plants; different types of wetlands.

June 8: Old Growth Forests
Characteristics of mature forests.

June 22: Trees
How to identify ten trees.

July 13: Geology
Geological features seen during the outing.

July 14: Ferns and Mosses
How to identify ten ferns and mosses.

July 20: Peatlands/Bogs
How to identify ten peatland plants; what a peatland is and some different types of peatlands.

July 27: Invasive Species/Peatland Restoration Workday
How to identify five or more invasive plants; the common methods for controlling some of them.

August 10: Hudson River Fish Count
How to identify the fish caught during the outing.

August 17: Field and Meadow Plants
How to identify ten plants of fields and meadows.

August 24: Mushroom Walk
How to identify eight kinds of mushrooms.

September 28: Mushroom Walk
How to identify eight kinds of mushrooms.

October 19: Mushroom Walk for Beginners
How to identify eight kinds of mushrooms.

October 19: Learn to Key Mushrooms, Intermediate
How to identify eight kinds of mushrooms.

 

Patch Credit for Each Outing

To earn credit toward the Rensselaer Naturalist Patch for a given outing, after that outing send an email to RLTRPAOutings@gmail.com with the information listed below under that outing (common names are fine).

April 6: Amphibian Walk
The frogs and salamanders you saw or heard on the walk, what eggs you saw, and one sentence about what you learned about vernal pools.

April 27: Birds and Bird Song
Ten birds you saw or heard, specify whether you saw or heard.

May 11: Invasive Plants Program and Workday with Capital Mohawk PRISM
Five invasive plants you saw, and at least two common methods for controlling some of them.

May 18: Spring Wildflowers
Ten plants you saw.

June 1: Wetland Plants/Ecology
Ten wetland plants you saw, the general wetland type where each was seen, and one difference between a marsh and a swamp.

June 8: Old Growth Forests
Five characteristics of mature forests.

June 22: Trees
Ten trees you saw.

July 13: Geology
The geological features you saw.

July 14: Ferns and Mosses
Ten ferns and mosses you saw.

July 20: Peatlands/Bogs
Ten peatland plants you saw, which ones are carnivorous, and three characteristics of peatlands.

July 27: Invasive Species/Peatland Restoration workday
Five invasive plants you saw, and at least two common methods for controlling some of them.

August 10: Hudson River Fish Count
The fish caught while you were at the Fish Count.

August 17: Field and Meadow Plants
Ten plants of fields and meadows you saw.

August 24: Mushroom Walk
Eight kinds of mushrooms you saw.

September 28: Mushroom Walk
Eight kinds of mushrooms you saw.

October 19: Mushroom Walk for Beginners
Eight kinds of mushrooms you saw.

October 19: Learn to Key Mushrooms, Intermediate
Eight kinds of mushrooms you saw.

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