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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.

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.

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 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

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 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.

 

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