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Monday, May 16, 2022

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Tracking with Dan Yacobellis

Wildlife Tracking workshops

Join us for a series of four wildlife tracking workshops, each led by a local expert with experience in reading the winter outdoors. Workshops are suitable if you’re a  beginner or if you want to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops. These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Cost is $20 for each workshop, $15 for members of RPA, RLT, and Friends of Dyken Pond. Space is limited, and you must register in advance online, or contact 518-659-5263. Contact the trip leader with any questions. Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow/ice conditions, snowshoes/microspikes/proper footwear is needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, and hot drinks and hand/feet warmers.

REGISTER HERE

January 18, 9 am - 1 pm, at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Grafton – Tracking with Dan Yacobellis. Learn basic identification of animal track and sign. Even if you are experienced in tracking, there will be plenty of opportunity to put your knowledge to the test and even pick up some new insights. We will spend some time around each track or sign we see learning details to help identify the species and possibly the individual who made it. We may even choose to follow them for a while to get to know their habits, areas of interest, and range, and maybe even their personality. Questions: contact Dan at miye_yelo@yahoo.com.

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 Rensselaer Plateau.

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Snowshoe at Lt. Col Gundrum Preserve, Sand Lake

 Beginning at RPA members' house on Bower Road in Sand Lake, we'll hike/snowshoe to a beautiful beaver pond on the Lt. Col. Gundrum land, then up to cliffs off Firetower Road that overlooks the Wildlife Management Area and Taconic Crest, and back. Hike/snowshoe will be four or five miles, over several hundred feet of elevation change, and take about three hours. 

Address: 1166 Bower Rd, Sand Lake, NY, 12153

Driving Directions: Beginning at the intersection of Routes 43 and 66 in Sand Lake (Cumberland Farms, Sand Lake Town Hall, Tremont Lumber), head east on Taborton Road about five miles. Turn right on the Kipple Road. At unmarked T intersection turn left on to Bower Road, follow it to the end. For questions contact August Schneeberg at ajschneeberg@gmail.com

Register online here.

Suggested donation $5

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Full Moon Campfire at Albert Family Community Forest

An almost-full moon mid-winter walk and after, a campfire, at one of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s beautiful community forests. Bring your own sandwiches/snacks and beverages* of choice to spice it up. We’ll hope for snow cover, and to snowshoe through open forest in silvery reflected light. This will be a moderate and meandering walk of about an hour with some up-and-down but no steep or rocky sections. No flashlights! We’ll let our eyes adjust to the moonlight! You’ll need snowshoes (we’ll have limited some to share by prior arrangement) or cleats/microspikes if it is icy, warm boots, and appropriate layered clothing for conditions. Maybe a flashlight in your backpack for just in case. We’ll provide some marshmallows for toasting. (*alcoholic beverages allowed)

Register online here.

For questions contact Peter Wood at peterrmapleacres@gmail.com

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tracking with Dan Yacobellis

Wildlife Tracking workshops

Join us for a series of four wildlife tracking workshops, each led by a local expert with experience in reading the winter outdoors. Workshops are suitable if you’re a  beginner or if you want to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops. These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Cost is $20 for each workshop, $15 for members of RPA, RLT, and Friends of Dyken Pond. Space is limited, and you must register in advance online, or contact 518-659-5263. Contact the trip leader with any questions. Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow/ice conditions, snowshoes/microspikes/proper footwear is needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, and hot drinks and hand/feet warmers.

REGISTER HERE

 

February 9, 9 am - 1 pm, at Poestenkill Community Forest, Poestenkill  – Tracking with Dan Yacobellis. Learn basic identification of animal track and sign. Even if you are experienced in tracking, there will be plenty of opportunity to put your knowledge to the test and even pick up some new insights. We will spend some time around each track or sign we see learning details to help identify the species and possibly the individual who made it. We may even choose to follow them for a while to get to know their habits, areas of interest, and range, and maybe even their personality. Questions: contact Dan at miye_yelo@yahoo.com.

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 Rensselaer Plateau.

Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Snowshoe at Grafton Forest

 We’ll snowshoe or hike on and off trail through this 1000+ acre Rensselaer Plateau Alliance forest, passing through hardwood and hemlock glades, skirting along wetlands and cascades, and taking in spectacular views. This will be a serious 5-6 mile winter outing for the fit and motivated, with steep, rocky, uneven terrain, and icy, wet and muddy conditions likely encountered. Participants will need snowshoes and/or cleats/microspikes, warm/waterproof boots, perhaps hiking sticks, appropriate layered clothing, and carry water and lunch/snacks for a lunch break.

We will meet at the Brittonkill Central School parking lot and drive/carpool to the nearby forest. Heavy snow cover may mean we will have to hike in to the start point, if the road is impassable.  

Register online here.

For questions contact Peter Wood at peterrmapleacres@gmail.com

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Tracking with Patricia Liddle

Wildlife Tracking workshops

Join us for a series of four wildlife tracking workshops, each led by a local expert with experience in reading the winter outdoors. Workshops are suitable if you’re a  beginner or if you want to enhance your skills. All are welcome to attend one or more workshops. These workshops are jointly sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Rensselaer Land Trust, and Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Cost is $20 for each workshop, $15 for members of RPA, RLT, and Friends of Dyken Pond. Space is limited, and you must register in advance online, or contact 518-659-5263. Contact the trip leader with any questions. Dress appropriately for the cold, keeping in mind there will be periods of inactivity while looking at a track. Depending on snow/ice conditions, snowshoes/microspikes/proper footwear is needed. Bring extra layers for warmth, and hot drinks and hand/feet warmers.

REGISTER HERE

February 29, 9 am - noon, at Albert Family Community Forest, East Nassau – Tracking with Patricia Liddle. We will explore the Albert Family Forest for animal tracks and sign that reveal the stories happening all around us. We will not be sticking to a foot trail, but going where the wildlife leads us. She hopes to open eyes/minds to. Questions: Contact Pat at plcanaan@fairpoint.net.

Patricia Liddle is a student and lover of nature from when she was a child on her hands and knees in a pond looking for tadpoles to recently following fisher tracks on Harvey Mtn. She has studied tracking with Sue Morse, George Leoniak, Josh Woods, and, of course, the animals.

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cancelled: Snowshoe the Taconic Crest Trail

We'll snowshoe (or hike depending on snow depth) for about 7 miles up and down the two hollows and along the Taconic Crest Trail. 

This is a moderately strenuous hike, so please be prepared.   Bring gear appropriate for the weather: snowshoes, spikes, or hiking boots. Wear warm clothes and bring water and snack/lunch.  We could be out for five hours.

Meet at the Robinson Hollow trailhead.  We'll shuttle people and a few cars to Mattison Hollow trailhead, where we will begin our hike.

Suggested donation of $5.

 

For questions: Contact Michael Jensen jensenmk@gmail.com

Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Winter Tree Walk at Kinderhook Creek Preserve

We’ll explore several trails at the scenic Kinderhook Creek Preserve and identify trees in their winter form by examining twigs, bark, and old leaves or fruit. The walk will be about 2 miles depending on group interest. The trails have moderate climbs and snowshoes or microspikes may be needed depending on trail conditions. Dress appropriately for the weather with consideration for cold or wet conditions. Bring water and snacks.

Contact Tom Phillips with any questions at mossvet@nycap.rr.com 

Meet at the parking area for Kinderhook Creek Preserve in East Nassau.

Suggested Donation of 5$

Register online here.

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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