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Monday, May 16, 2022

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Introduction to Snowshoeing at Staalesen Preserve, Troy

 

snowshoeSnowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country. Simply strap on a pair of snowshoes and go on a winter hike or backpack! This class is a great introduction to the sport. We will start with an indoor clinic and focus on the gear selection and the initial skills needed to get on the trails. Then we will hit the outdoors for some fun in the snow and to learn snowshoe techniques, ascending and descending hills and winter preparedness. Discover the joy of winter and the freedom of snowshoeing!  We will send information before the class on proper clothing and gear for this great adventure. Some snowshoes will be available to borrow.

Meet at the parking lot of the Staalesen Preserve on Wynantskill Way in Troy.

Register in advance with Fred McCagg be e-mail.

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of event.

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Taconic Crest from Petersburg Pass to Berlin Mountain

Hike part of the Taconic Crest trail in winter. We'll go from Petersburg Pass on NYS Rt. 2 to Berlin Mountain (highest mountain in New York State not in the Catskills or Adirondacks) and back. Hike will be about 6-miles roundtrip and probably take about 4-5 hours (depending on snow depth and if trail is broken out). Full winter gear should be used (snowshoes, warm coat, gloves, lunch, water, gaiters, balaclava, snow goggles). 

Meet at the Petersburg Pass parking lot, on NYS Route 2 at the Massachusetts border.

Register in advance wit Michael Jensen by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Bringing Wildlife Tracking Home with Dan Yacobellis

“Serious Snowshoe” at Grafton Forest

A snowshoe or hike along new trails at RPA’s Grafton Forest in Grafton. This will be an outing for the motivated and physically fit, taking in newly completed trails over the high point of the preserve, wetlands, and some of its spectacular viewpoints in mid-winter. We’ll travel about six miles with lots of up-and-down. Participants must have proper gear, warm clothes, water and lunch/snack.

Meeting place will depend on weather conditions; trip leader will notify those who register.

Register in advance with Peter Wood by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mattison Hollow and Falls

Join us for a snowshoe/cross-country ski trip at scenic Mattison Hollow in Cherry Plain. We'll use both a State Forest trail and a Land Trust member's private trails to see a waterfall in its winter splendor. If snow conditions are poor, we'll hike. Distance is about three miles, with some moderate slopes. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, micro spikes/snow cleats, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack.

Meeting place will be provided by trip leader after registration.

Register in advance: Nick Conrad by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected day of the event.

Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Animal Tracking in Late Winter with Dan Yacobellis

Wildlife Tracking Workshops in Rensselaer County

Join local tracking expert Dan Yacobellis at Poestenkill Community Forest, Poestenkill. See what changes the lengthening days bring to animal activity. We will continue adding information to our online tracking map. Anyone who was not present at the February workshop will get a brief overview and handouts to help them get started mapping their own wildlife tracking observations. Option to leave at noon before everyone else heads deeper into the woods.

Dan Yacobellis runs Tamakoce Wilderness Programs in Grafton, immersing children and adults in wilderness living experiences. He is a long-time Plateau resident and teacher, and has led many tracking outings on the Plateau.

This workshop is part of a series of three workshops to learn animal tracks or to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops; each workshop will add a new layer to the tracking experience. This is the third workshop and will include GPS mapping and documenting of all observed wildlife signs, using citizen science to contribute to an online, active map of animal activity on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Online pre-registration is required. Cost is $20 for each workshop. Space is limited.

Click HERE to Register!

Questions about the workshop? Contact Annie by e-mail.

All participants need to sign a liability waiver, which can be downloaded HERE and returned the morning of the workshop.

Please arrive promptly by 9:15 a.m. to complete registration, get organized and be ready to hike by 9:30 a.m.  

These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Dress appropriately for the cold weather!

Wildlife tracking requires some hiking with long periods of standing while you examine the tracks you find. (this is when your feet get cold!)  We never know what we will find or how far we will actually hike.  Folks need to be in good physical condition and have adequate winter gear to be outside for the day.  Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler on the Plateau than lower elevations. Please plan on wearing what you think will keep you warm, and then add two extra layers in a back pack to bring along. Hand and foot warmers are always a good idea.

Bring snowshoes. Again, snowpack can be much deeper on the Plateau than surrounding areas. 

Plan on eating lunch outside if you are attending the full day programs. There are no indoor facilities. Pack high energy, nutrient dense foods: nuts, cheese, energy bars, dark chocolate, nut butters, oranges are all good choices. Remember to drink adequate water through the day. It is easy to become dehydrated in the winter as we tend to not feel thirsty. 

Refunds will gladly be given up to 7 days prior to the event. After that, refunds will be given only if we are able to fill your place.   

We are very excited to offer this Tracking Series this year with Josh and Dan.  Whether you're new to wildlife tracking or one of our regulars, you're in for a great day in the woods. 

 

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Winter Map and Compass at Albert Family Community Forest

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Hiking is a wonderful hobby and great exercise as well as a great way to get in touch with nature! Let us teach you how to do it right! The art of “staying found” requires little more than a good map and compass, and the know-how to use them properly. Today’s topographic maps are the best available, and the magnetic compass models are well-designed for the modern navigator. Learning to use a compass and map together are fundamental skills each outdoorsman and woman should have to ensure a safe and successful trip afield. This field class offers hands-on learning and a fun hike!

Meet at the parking lot of the Albert Family Community Forest at the end of Hayes Road in East Nassau.

Register in advance with Fred McCagg by e-mail.

 

Suggested donation of $5 collected the morning of the event.

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Postponed--Poestenkill Community Forest to Geiser Preserve

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

 

Due to snow and high winds in the forecast for Saturday, March 23 we've postponed this program to Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m.

We’ll snowshoe or hike, depending on conditions, from RPA's Poestenkill Community Forest to the top of Perigo Hill in RLT’s Geiser Preserve. We’ll see hemlock and hardwood forests, hemlock swamps and other wetlands, as well as looking for tracks of squirrels, porcupines, coyote, bobcat, whitetail deer, and moose.  The hike will be about 3.5 miles, including several uphill climbs and some bushwhacking, and take about three hours. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.

Meet at the parking lot of the Poestenkill Community Forest in East Poestenkill.

Register in advance with Jeff Briggs by e-mail.

Suggested donation of $5 collected morning of event.

Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Kinderhook Creek Preserve

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, RLT’s Kinderhook Creek Preserve -- along stone walls and ridges, through tall, majestic pines, down hemlock covered slopes to the shore of Kinderhook Creek. Weather permitting, we should see lovely ice formations along the creek and animal tracks. We’ll hike for 2 hours; there will may be some moderately steep up and down. Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.

Meet at the parking lot of the Kinderhook Creek Perserve on Martha Hicks Road in East Nassau.

Register in advance with David Gaskell by e-mail

Suggested donation of $5 collected the day of the event.

Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Amphibian Walk at Poestenkill Community Forest

vernal Pool

Become a Rensselaer Naturalist!

First program of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! We will check a pond and a vernal pool for early breeding frogs and salamanders. We will learn to identify calls and egg masses, and will discuss the differences in breeding and larval development between frogs and salamanders. If spring thaw permits, we will also look for wood salamanders and stream salamanders. Wear boots for walking in wet areas. Bring water and snack.

Meet at the parking lot of the Poestenkill Community Forest in East Poestenkill.

To Register CLICK HERE.

Questions about the event? Contact: Jeff Briggs by e-mail.

Suggested donation of $5 collected the day of the event.

Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance are offering the Rensselaer Naturalist series this year. At each outing in the series, adults and teens can learn about a specific aspect of the natural history of Rensselaer County, such as birds, wildflowers, trees, and bogs – see the full list below. At each outing, there will be a learning goal related to that outing’s topic; for example, learn 10 birds, or learn 10 wildflowers, or learn about what makes a bog a bog. Participants who complete at least eight of the learning goals will receive a customized Rensselaer Naturalist patch!

Whether you’re a beginner or already have experience with a given topic, you’ll learn something new from a Rensselaer Naturalist program. Maybe you won’t be an expert after one session, but we hope that you’ll come away able to put names on some plants and animals you’re likely to see in the Count and an appreciation of their habitats and ecology. We will provide participants with resources to review before each outing, and a list of resources for further exploration.

The Rensselaer Naturalist series is designed to bring you deeper into nature and to enhance your outdoor experiences. The series will also provide the basis for you to become more involved in citizen science, share outdoor activities with others, and make a difference in conservation of our natural resources.

Each outing in the series is also open to those who are not working toward the Rensselaer Naturalist patch, space permitting.

Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Birds and Bird Song at Poestenkill Community Forest

Staalesen Preserve Wynantskill Creek

We will look for spring migrating and local resident birds before the leaves pop out.  We will also identify birds by their songs and calls.  Bring binoculars and any bird guides. Expect some short walks near the parking area into the forest and edge of a wetland.

Meet at the parking lot of the Poestenkill Community Forest in East Poestenkill.

Register in advance here.

Questions? Contact trip leader Jim de Waal Malefyt at dewaalmalefyt@gmail.com.

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! All are welcome.

Suggested donation of $5.

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Taconic Crest Trail in One Year

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Petersbrug Pass to Snow Hole and on to north end in North Petersburgh, 7.9 miles.

Leader: Michael Jensen

The Snow Hole, a deep crevice where snow and ice last well into the summer, is the highlight of this section. Also long views to the west and to the east into Vermont, white quartz, and a short stretch in Vermont, finishing with a long, steep descent to the north trailhead along Route 346. 

We will hike the entire 37 miles of the Taconic Crest Trail over the course of the year in six separate trips. This beautiful ridge-top trail winds through New York, Massachusetts, and a corner of Vermont, from North Petersburg to near New Lebanon, passing by the renowned Snow Hole and over Rensselaer County’s highest peak. With about 7000 feet of both cumulative ascent and cumulative descent, views include the Little Hoosick Valley and Mount Greylock. Join us for one, some or all of the sections. Those who complete the entire trail (with us and/or on their own), can receive a patch from the Taconic Hiking Club.

All hikes have long steep uphill and/or downhill sections over rocky ground. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Prepare for cool and windy conditions. 

All hikes start at 9 am. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Please register here.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Birds and Bird Song at Staalesen Preserve, Troy

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! Although within the city limits of Troy, RLT's Staalesen Preserve has a wonderful diversity of birds. We will look and listen for spring migrating and local resident birds in field, edge, shrub, streamside and marsh habitats.  Suitable for birders of all levels, including beginners. Bring binoculars.

Meet at the parking lot of the Staalesen Preserve on Wynantskill Way in Troy.

Register in advance HERE

Questions? Contact trip leader Jim de Waal Malefyt at dewaalmalefyt@gmail.com

Suggested donation of $5.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

Birds, Bird Songs, and Birding

Field Guides

Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, 2nd Edition
Sibley's Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 6th Edition
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition
National Geographic Birding Essentials: All the Tools, Techniques, and Tips You Need to Begin and Become a Better Birder


Apps to help with Identification

Merlin (free; with photo recognition and sound files)
Audubon Bird Guide (free; with lots of free sound files)
Raptor ID (paid)
Warbler Guide (paid)
Most of the major field guides also come in app form (paid; see the list of field guides below)


Apps to Learn Sounds

LarkWire (paid)
SongSleuth (paid)


Websites to Study Sounds

Macaulay library
Xeno-canto

Photo and Song Quizzes

eBird
Internet Bird Collection

To find places to birdwatch

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club: covers Rensselaer County and a good way to get connected for birding in our region

Birding the Hudson Valley, by Kathryn J. Schneider. 2018. University of New England Press.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Invasive Plants Program and Workday with Capital Mohawk PRISM

Naturalist Series

Learn how to identify, report, and remove invasive species right here in Troy! The native plants of one the largest open spaces in Troy need our help by cutting bittersweet vines and pulling other invasives. We will be led by Spencer Barrett, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator with Capital-Mohawk PRISM.. Wear old clothes, work gloves, and boots or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Bring lopper/clippers for cutting vines if you have them.


Meet at the parking lot of the Staalesen Preserve on Wynantskill Way in Troy.

Questions? Contact Joe Durkin at jdurkin1@nycap.rr.com. No charge.

Register HERE.

 

Event can be used as credit toward becoming a Rensselaer Naturalist.

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust, Rensselaer Plateau Alliance and Capital-Mohawk PRISM.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

 

Invasive Species Resources

Identification Guides

Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North     American Species. 2ndedition. 2013. Kaufman and Kaufman.

Species Profiles at NY Invasives Species Information

Identification Resourcesat iMapInvasives

Identification Guidesat Capital Mohawk PRISM 

Finger Lakes Invasive Species Field Guide

 

Information about Invasive Species

Capital Mohawk PRISM(Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management)

Invasive & Nuisance Species(Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia and Greene Counties)

iMapInvasives New York

New York Invasive Species Research Instituteincluding Best Management Practice Guides

NY Invasives Species Information

Online Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species in Northeastern North America

Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Spring Wildflowers at RPI Tech Park

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

 

All are welcome.

May is the month for spring wildflowers to bloom, and the woods, fields, and ravines behind the Rensselaer Technology Park provide good habitat. Tom Phillips, local botanist, will help us find and identify the area’s wide variety of spring flowers. We will walk about three to four miles along the Tech Park’s trails, with moderate ascents and descents, and some muddy spots.

Meet at the Rensselaer Tech Park, taking Jordan Rd. off Rt. 4, turn left on Stone Clay Rd. and then quick left into parking area just below Children’s Museum.

Register in advance HERE

Questions?

Contact Tom Phillips by e-mail. Suggested donation of $5.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

 

Wildflowers 


Many entries are from An Annotated Bibliography of Identification and Natural History of New York Native Plants, by Steve Young, New York Natural Heritage Program

 

Field Guides

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Newcomb, Lawrence. 1977. Little, Brown and Company. 
This is the most useful illustrated field guide for identifying wildflowers in New York. It has a very easy-to-use key which uses flower structure and leaf arrangement. Since plants are arranged by flower structure many similar plants are illustrated together, which facilitates identification. It includes many obscure wildflowers that are usually not illustrated in other field guides. Since it uses illustrations instead of photographs the important identification characters are easier to distinguish.

Peterson’s Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America. Peterson. Roger Tory and Margaret McKenny. 1968. Houghton Mifflin. 
This is probably the second-most useful field guide after Newcomb's Wildflower Guide and they can often be used together. The illustrations are very useful, especially with the small arrows pointing out identification characters. It’s one drawback is arrangement by flower color which is less useful then by flower structure.

Wildflowers in the Field and Forest. A Field Guide to the Northeastern States. Clemants, Steven and Carol Gracie. 2006. 
This is a very useful wildflower guide based on flower color and using photos to show the plants. There is often more than one photo per plant and it is one of the few guides that has distribution maps for the plants. 

Wildflowers of New York in Color. Chapman, William K. et al. 1998.
A photographic field guide of the more common and showy wildflowers encountered in NY. The photographs are beautiful but the descriptions are fairly short with only general habitat information. It is arranged by flower color, flower structure and leaf arrangement.

General Information and Natural History

Wildflowers along the Way. Brown, Margaret and Marguerite Wellborn. 1989. Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, Niskayuna, New York.
This is a small but information-packed booklet about the natural and cultural history of the most common wildflowers in the Capital District, arranged by season. There are very nice line drawings by Clem Habetler.

Trailside Notes. The Naturalist’s Companion to Adirondack Plants. Schottman, Ruth. 1998. The Adirondack Mountain Club.
This book provides an interesting look at the natural history of our most common and conspicuous wildflowers (including many found in Rensselaer County). There is a mix of science, lore, edibility and etymology and humor written in a conversational style. Over half of the book is devoted to our spring ephemerals.

A Guide to Enjoying Wildflowers. Stokes, Donald and Lillian. 1984. Little Brown and Co.
This book tells how to watch many common wildflowers throughout the year, with information on flower structure and pollinators, and on natural history.

The Naturalist's Guide to Field Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America. 2004.
The Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America. 2003. 
Both by Cox, Donald D. Syracuse University Press.
The books in this series contain interesting and useful information on the natural history and ecology of plant communities in our area. In addition to a sampling of the plants and animals each book has a section on naming and collecting plants and activities to do.

Wildflowers of the Northeast. Anna and Spider Barbour. 1991. The Overlook Press.
Beautiful photographs and informative text in this coffee-table book connect scientific facts about the Northeast’s natural history with what a person can witness by going out to the woods or fields or swamps.

Winter Wildflower Field Guides

A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter. Levine, Carol. 1995. Yale University Press. 
This is the best book for identifying wildflowers in the winter. There are very detailed drawings of many species with excellent descriptions. Many graminoids are included and there is even a section with photographs of basal leaves that is very useful.

Weeds in Winter. Brown, Lauren. 1976. W. W. Norton & Co. 
A very useful guide to wildflowers (they are not all weeds) in the winter. There is a detailed key, very nice drawings and useful descriptions and natural history information.

Winter Weed Finder. Finder Field Guides. Nature Study Guild. Berkeley, California. 
One of a series of handy little pocket kinds that are basically easy-to-use keys to the species.

Guides to Specific Groups

Orchids of New England and New York. Nelson, Tom and Eric Lamont. 2012. Kollath and Stensaas Publishing, Duluth, MN. 
This is a handy field guide to all 65 of our subtle to stunning Northeastern Orchids. It is a handy size for the field, has great photos, descriptions and range maps and even mentions look-alikes and how to distinguish them. Another great feature is the photos of fruits and inflorescences in the front of the book.

Field Guide to Orchids of North America. Williams, John G. and Andrew E. Williams. 1983. 
This is a nice small field guide with beautiful full-color illustrations, keys and detailed descriptions. It is a very useful guide for distinguishing orchids in New York and includes a glossary of botanical terms for orchids.

Trilliums. Case, Frederick W. Jr. and Roberta B. Case. 1997. Timber Press. 
This is the most detailed and complete information written about our native trilliums. There is a key to all the trilliums and beautiful photographs and range maps of each species. Here you will find information on horticultural varieties not found elsewhere.

Websites

Go Botany. Native Plant Trust
Want to know what that plant is? With our Simple Key, you can identify over 1,200 common native and naturalized New England plants! Almost all Rensselaer County plants are included.

New York Flora Atlas. New York Flora Association, Albany, NY. 
This is the current comprehensive online atlas to the plants of New York. It contains county maps along with photos and information on natural history and taxonomy as well as a list of specimens for each species. There are links to other online resources for each species.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Wetland Plants/ Ecology

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! David Hunt will show us how to identify common plants of marshes and swamps, and tell us about the ecology of wetlands. Quacken Kill Marsh is a diverse riparian wetland complex dominated by shallow emergent marsh and shrub swamp with narrow strips of cobble shore along a marsh headwater stream. Wear footwear that can get wet.

Meet at the small dirt pull off at the edge of the field on the west side of Jay Hakes Road, about .5 mile south of NY Route 2.

Register in advance here. Questions? Contact Nick Conrad at nbconrad@msn.com. Suggested donation of $5.

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. All are welcome to attend.

Some extra resources for the outing can be found below. Even more resources and learning objectives can be found here.

Plants

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Newcomb, Lawrence. 1977. Little, Brown and Company.

This is the most useful illustrated field guide for identifying wildflowers in New York.

Peterson’s Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America. Peterson, Roger Tory and Margaret McKenny. 1968. Houghton Mifflin.

The Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America. Cox, Donald D. 2002. Syracuse University Press.

Includes chapter on peatlands.

Wetlands. Audubon Society Nature Guides. Elliott, Charles. 1985.

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Old Growth Forests ar Wyomanck Center for Sustainability

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! David Hunt will lead a workshop on how to recognize, restore, and monitor old growth forest. After a one-hour indoor introduction to old growth habitats, we’ll take a short hike to a patch of maturing hemlock-northern hardwood forest along Wyomanock Creek where we’ll establish a permanent monitoring plot. There may be some wet areas, so where appropriate footwear.

Meet at the Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living; park at the dirt parking area on the north side of Wyomanock Road, about .5 mile west of NY Route 22 in Stephentown.

Register in advance here. Questions? Contact Nick Conrad at nbconrad@msn.com. Suggested donation of $5.

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Trees and Shrubs at Kinderhook Preserve

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance! All are welcome to attend. Oak vs maple? Red maple vs. sugar maple? No worries -- trees are one of the easiest groups to learn, and the Kinderhook Creek Preserve’s many habitats have a good variety. Dave Hart will show us how to identify the different kinds of trees and tell us their ecological and cultural stories. 

Meet at the parking lot of the Kinderhook Creek Preservein East Nassau.

Register in advanceQuestions? Contact David Gaskellagaskell@nycap.rr.com. Suggested donation of $

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

Resources:

Peterson’s Field Guides:

A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs. Petrides, George A. Houghton Mifflin.

A Field Guide to Eastern Trees. Petrides, George A. and Janet Wehr. Houghton Mifflin.

Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region. Alfred A. Knopf.

The Sibley Guide to Trees. Sibley, David Allen. 2009. Alfred A. Knopf.

DEC Tree Key Identification Guide: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/treeidkey.pdf

Forest Trees of the Northeast- a publication by Cornell Cooperative Extension- more extensive discussion of trees

The Tree Identification Book- Symonds – good pictures for basic identification- old but good

Identifying trees of the East : an all-season guide to Eastern North America / Michael D. Williams

 gobotany.newenglandwild.org– interesting online tree key

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Connecting Children to Nature: Alphabet of the Trees

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Calling all young naturalists to discover the trees and water of Poestenkill Community Forest using their five senses. We'll go for a short hike and get to know trees up close and personal through sensory activities, and each child will have a chance to record their studies through bark rubbings and poetry. For children ages six and up.

Register here.

Contact Annie Jacobs at: annie@rensselaerplateau.org.

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

 

Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Geology at Kinderhook Creek Preserve

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! Bill Kelly, retired New York State Geologist, will lead us on an approximately 1.5 mile walk to discuss the rocks and landforms of the Preserve, which is located on an outlier of the Rensselaer Plateau.  He will outline the geologic history of the Taconic Mountains and how the rocks of the Preserve fit into that history.    We will walk on trails that are in part quite steep so good boots with non-slip soles are important. 

Meet at the parking lot of the Kinderhook Creek Preserve in East Nassau.

Register in advance here. Questions? Contact David Gaskell at gaskell@nycap.rr.com.Suggested donation of $5.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

Resources:

The Rensselaer Grit Plateau in New York by T. Nelson Dale

The Rise and Fall of the Taconic Mountains: a geological history of eastern New York by Donald Fisher

 

Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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