Take a leisurely walk with Lynn Bowdery along the meadow and woods paths, noticing the flowering plants along the way. Of course, we can look at and discuss other things that catch our attention. Binoculars can be useful to look at plants as well as birds and insects, so bring them if you wish. Depending on the weather, the paths can be wet or muddy, so wear appropriate shoes and bring your insect repellant of choice. Rain cancels.
Lynn Bowdery has always been fascinated with the outdoor world, slowly learning about plants and animals by walking around looking at things, reading field guides, going on field trips, talking to people, reading magazine articles, looking things up, and generally paying attention. She has for many years done nature-oriented volunteer work for Mohonk Preserve and is a member and volunteer of the John Burroughs Natural History Society. Lynn served WVLT as Land Steward for 13 years, which enabled her to explore many wonderful conserved properties in the course of creating baseline documentation for conservation easements and monitoring those easements.
What bird is making that sound? Are there ways to tell birds apart just by looking at how they fly? Join science teacher and long-time avid birder Chrissy Guarino to learn bird calls, as well as tools for identifying resident and migrating songbirds and waterfowl in the oxbow lake. Bring binoculars if you have them! (Please no pets and no children under seven.) Space is very limited for this walk.
Chrissy has been birding somewhat seriously since about 2004 when her folks brought her on a birding trip to Arizona that she didn’t think she’d find particularly interesting. She didn't expect to see a hummingbird banding station where they let you hold tiny buzzing hummingbirds until they fly off with their shiny new tinfoil bracelets. Soon after, she stumbled and bumbled into a (rare for our area) Sedge Wren in the Harcourt-Nyquist Sanctuary and became hooked on learning all about birds and what's around us! The best part is, she’s happy to say, that she’ll never run out of things to learn from the natural world.
So what are lichens, anyway? Explore some lichens and lichen habitats on Joppenbergh with Lynn Bowdery. Lynn has been trying to learn how to identify some of the lichens common in our region. She will try to share what she has learned about these intriguing creatures found on soil, rocks and trees. We might go off the paths depending on what we want to look at. Wear suitable shoes, and bring a strong magnifier or loupe if you have one. Some can be provided. Rain cancels. (Lynn will also be leading the Wildflowers Walk & Talk on 8/24. You can find her bio, above ^.)
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On Sunday, October 5th, we honored Glenn Hoagland with our 2014 Conservation Award!
On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the Hare East Easement we honored Joan Burroughs with our annual Conservation Award.
Joan has long been an advocate for open space protection. As the great-granddaughter of Naturalist John Burroughs, she has maintained his legacy of conservation and protection of the natural world and spearheaded the four-year State and privately funded project to restore and expand hiking trails at Slabsides.
She is currently on the board of directors at the John Burroughs Association.
This year's Honorary Committee included: Bob Anderberg, Anne Bienstock and Russell Gilmore, Peter Bienstock, Allan and Lynn Bowdery, Patricia and Richard Brooks, Donald Christian, Mary Collins, Glenn Hoagland, Jim Hoover, Sandra Hutton, John Jacobs, Cara Lee, Jay LeFevre, John Jacobs, Paul Kellar, Ron Knapp, Annie O'Neill, Steve Rosenberg, Angela Sisson and Johanna Sokolov, Vivian and John Wadlin.
The 2019 tour explored the fascinating early history and industrial and cultural heritage of Rosendale and surrounding hamlets - High Falls, Cottekill, Binnewater, Lawrenceville, Bloomington, and Eddyville - from its early agrarian Dutch settlements through its evolution into a prosperous industrialboom-town in the 19th century, to its recent resurgence as a thriving artistic community. The building of the D & H Canal to transport coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River and the discovery of natural “Rosendale” cement, prized for its exceptional durability, and later the Wallkill Valley Railroad, shaped the town and brought international prominence to the area.
The day began with registration and a tour of the beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among the other great historic sites open for tour-goers were Century House’s Colonial Revival interiors, a first in years, along with the Historical Society’s Museum, Carriage House and the Widow Jane Mine, as well as the DePuy Canal House, future home of the Historical Society’s D&H
Canal Museum. Featured houses were among the area’s most important and interesting vernacular treasures dating from the early 18th to 20th centuries. Highlighted were stone farmhouses, the Greek Revival aesthetic, and Italianate and Colonial Revival expressions of prestige and wealth.
All proceeds benefited WVLT's land preservation efforts.