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April 13, 2019

Volunteer Day: 11th Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up (April 13, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)


Tomhannock Cleanup 4.25.15 by Trix Niernberger

We need you! 

Meet at the NYS DEC public access parking lot on NYS Route 7 just before the causeway over the reservoir. Bring gloves and wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing.  We will work regardless of the weather. Garbage bags are provided.

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER BY CLICKING

HERE

Or contact Bob Crowley, RLT Board Member, at 518-283-7364 (land line) or E-mail

Link to the 2018 Shoreline Clean-up efforts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB4hMj1uteE

Co-sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT), City of Troy, and NYSDEC.

April 14, 2019

Amphibian Walk at Poestenkill Community Forest (April 14, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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.

April 27, 2019

Birds and Bird Song at Poestenkill Community Forest (April 27, 2019 7:00 am - 10:00 am)

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.

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