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June 1, 2019

Wetland Plants/ Ecology (June 1, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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.

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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.

June 8, 2019

Old Growth Forests ar Wyomanck Center for Sustainability (June 8, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

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.

June 15, 2019

Fifth Annual Waterchestnut Pull on the Hoosic River (June 15, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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Check back for updated event information.

Event contact Kristina Younger: kristinayoungerrlt@gmail.com

June 22, 2019

Trees and Shrubs at Kinderhook Preserve (June 22, 2019 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

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

June 29, 2019

Taconic Crest Trail in One Year (June 29, 2019 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

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Petersbrug Pass to Berlin Mountain and on to Southeast Hollow in Berlin, 7.3 miles.

Leader: Peter Wood

Starting at Petersburg Pass and going south this time, the trail has some steep ascents on the way to the summit of Berlin Mountain, at 2,818 feet New York’s tallest peak outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Then through an uncommon spruce-fir forest and over some minor summits, and down Southeast Hollow. 

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.

 

Connecting Children to Nature: Alphabet of the Trees (June 29, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

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Calling all young naturalists to discover the trees and water of RLT's Staalesen Preserve 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.

 

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