Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Budding architects created some innovative homes for the fairies at the Willows at Brandow Point. Thanks to all the architects and their assistants for another fun day of fairy house building.
Owl Walk Lots of Fun
February 10, 2017 at Willows at Brandow Point
Despite the snow and cold we had a GREAT turnout. Thanks to all who braved the cold. Especilly laocal bird expert Richard Guthrie who led us on a walk through the snowy fields to the edge of the woods. Along the way, we listened for owls "singing" with their romantic "Hoots" as this is their courtship period.
Most of the "hooting" came from Rich, and the clouds obscured the eclipse, but everyone had a good time anyway and the cookies disappeared.
Happy Kids and Happy Birds
Thanks to everyone who came out for a great event Saturday. We built more than 20 birdhouses plus feeders and nesting boxes. As an added bonus we got to learn how to use binoculars. And we had pizza to top off the morning. Thanks to volunteers from Athens Sportsmen’s Club and Greene Land Trust, and to the Athens Community Foundation for providing funding.
Putting Greene County Habitats on the Map in Local Planning Workshop Nov.5
A workshop for local land use decision makers. November 5, 6-9 PM. IDA office 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie. The workshop will introduce the recently completed Greene County Grassland Habitat Management Plan and also cover how habitat maps can influence town wide policy and planning and also site specific project review. Please call 518-402-8954 to register. Click here foor more information.
Lots of Learning About Citizen Science
A bit rain of did not dampen enthusiasm as guests started off with a walk to the river as we learned about invasive plants and more. We returned to the Willows for presenttions about opportunities to help collect data to support learning and scientific research into everything from eel migration to winter feeding habits of Northern Harriers.
We learned how local citizen science efforts contributed toward prosecution of a polluter of Catskill Creek and increased attention by local officiaals to the need for actions to protect the Creek and how the citizen science supported winter raptor study influenced decisions about what habitat to protect as part of mitigation for the Fountain Flats industrial park project. Your efforts can make a difference.
Willows (William Brandow House) Restoration
The William Brandow house (locally known as the Willows) was built about 1788 and was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This summer we had a new parking area and driveway installed and once again have electric service. Dimensions North has prepared an evaluation and plan for restoration.
Summer Songbird Celebration - birdwatching event recap
On June 13th, about 40 hardy bird and nature enthusiasts hiked the Coxsackie Creek Grassland Preserve between summer cloud bursts in search of Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Northern Harriers and Grasshopper Sparrows - a declining group of birds known as "grassland birds".
Robinson's Grand Birds in the Grasslands! Event a success.
Coxsackie Creek Grassland Preserve on Sunday, September 12th. Thanks to all of our event participants, hike leaders, and especially to Bill Robinson - for sharing his beautiful birds and reptiles with us! Click here for The Daily Mail article about the day.Our Live Bird and Reptile Show followed by a hike through the Grasslands was a big treat for a large crowd under the tent at the