Painting at Mawignack
The Greene Land Trust will host Art at the Mawignack from 10 AM to 2PM on Saturday September 28, 2019.
Well-known local artist Jim Coe will be painting on site and offering tips to any artist who would like to join him. Participants should bring their own supplies and portable easels. The Mawignack Preserve is located 0.7 miles down Snake Road in Catskill. This location was a favorite of Thomas Cole’s and captured in many of his landscape paintings.
Willows Work Party
Thank you to all of those people who helped us at the Willows on Saturday May 4, 2019! We completed most of the tasks we had on our "to do" list.
Here are the before and after pictures of the area around the shed.
Thanks again for all of those who gave their time and energy to help us make the Willows shine.
If you were not able to attend, but would like to volunteer, please give us a call.
For more information or to volunteer call 518-731-5544 or
Wreath Making Workshop
Saturday October 5, 1:30 – 4 PM Wreath making workshop and Afternoon Tea at the Willows.
We had a great time on Saturday! With plenty of natural materials to chose from, everyone's wreath was unique.
Guided Hikes with the YMCA & Greene Land Trust
The Greene Land Trust and the Coxsackie YMCA will host three outings for families and friends this fall. While the guided walks are FREE, please register so we have an idea of how many people to expect.
Saturday October 19, 10 AM -- Mawignack Preserve, Snake Road, Catskill, NY. This hike will be led by GLT volunteer, George Greiner. George has a wealth of historic information about the property. The hike is approximately 1 mile and is generally easy. Most of it is on the flood plain of the Catskill Creek and on the old railroad bed of the historic Catskill Mountain Railroad. There is a steep, but relatively short hill near the parking lot. (Easy going down, but less so coming back up!)
Saturday October 26, 10 AM -- Hannacroix Creek Preserve, Rt 144 New Baltimore. This hike will be led by Janet Angelis, GLT board member and resident of New Baltimore. A slightly longer hike than the previous one, but a wonderful walk through the woods and along portions of the Hannacroix Creek. There are a few hills, but generally an easy walk.
Saturday November 2, 10 AM -- Willows at Brandow Point to Cohotate Preserve (and back). Meet at the Willows at Brandow Point, 480 Rt. 385 Athens. This is the longest of the three hikes and will be led by GLT board member Joel DuBois. Trail runs from the DEC Brandow Point Unique Area across some privately owned land and connects with the county-owned Cohotate Preserve. On return to the Willows, hot chocolate and refreshments will be served in the historic 1788 house owned by the Greene Land Trust.
Willows Holiday Party
Greene Land Trust Invites you to a
Holiday Open House Party at the Willows
Friday Evening December 6, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Please join us for a evening at the Willows to celebrate the season and enjoy good food and friends. The event features:
- William Brandow house decorated for the season
- Hot and cold Hors d'oeuvres by Steinbrock Haus, David Merchant
- Live Music
- Original paintings of Greene County scenes for sale
$40/person by check
Greene Land Trust, 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051
$42/person by credit card
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Please respond by Monday December 2, 2019
For more information call 518-731-5544
Damsels & Dragonflies
Featured in many of Tiffany's works of glass are beautiful images of Damsel and Dragonflies and their ancestors have been found in 325 million year old fossils.
Both damsel and dragonflies spend a portion of their early life in water. Both in their immature stage and adults, they are predators, eating other insects! But while predatory, they are some of the friendliest insects you will ever meet!
To learn more about these elegant creatures join us for a walk on Saturday July 13 at 10 AM. The walk will be lead by GLT board member Larry Federman, behind the Serta plant in Coxsackie.
THIS SATURDAY -- Timberdoodle Dance with Rich Guthrie
The Timberdoodle (aka American Woodcock) has a unique courtship dance. In spring, the Timberdoodle, performs a magical evening mating ritual on the edge of open fields, prairies and wood edges.
At dusk, the bird quietly enters the open area. At first glance, you might not even see him as these birds are superbly camouflaged. But you will certainly hear him! His dance begins with a series of buzzy, nasal “peent-peent-peent” calls. As the peenting ends, his assent skyward begins. He makes a melodic whirring sound as he spirals into the sky. As he begins to tumble out of the sky, the sound changes to a twittering warble until he reaches his spot on the ground close to where he took off. And the cycle begins again, for about an hour each evening.
Rich Guthrie will lead a walk to hear and watch these beautiful little birds in their spring ritual THIS SATURDAY:
Saturday April 6, 2019
7:30 PM (note this is in the evening)
Willows at Brandow Point
480 Rt 385, Athens, NY 12015
Wear boots (it is likely to be muddy) and bring a flash light (to be used sparingly). Since the Timberdoodles only dance when the weather is nice, check our website www.greenelandtrust.org in case of inclement weather.
For more information call 518-731-5544.
Greene County Natural Resource Inventory Meetings
Greene County Natural Resources Inventory Training
- The Greene County Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) is complete! You can learn more about the county's vast resource at two meetings.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
IDA Office 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie NY, 12051
This session is designed primarily for municipal officials. The program will provide an overview of the inventory, an introduction to the NRI Story Map, how the inventory can be used for Greene County, and a small group exercise to put the NRI into practice. Municipal credits are available for this program only.
Registration deadline: October 25, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CCE Agroforestry Center 6055 Route 23, Acra, New York 12405
Come join us for a public workshop for information on the first-ever natural resources inventory in Greene County and learn how to access and use this new resource. This program is designed to introduce the general public to this resource which will be available on-line. The event is FREE but registration is required.
Registration deadline: November 1, 2019
Register On Line: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/GrCoNatRes_210 or call 518-622-9820 X 102
The NRI describes and maps the county's important natural resources, as well as scenic areas and outdoor recreation assets. The information is intented as a general reference for use by towns, villages, conservation organizations, landowners, and other involved in local land use, land management, or conservation. The NRI can be used to help identify the valuable natural resources in or near an area, understand their importance and broader context, and inform planning, conservation, and management activities in the county.
The NRI was created by the Greene Land Trust, Hudsonia Ltd, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia-Greene counties with funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the DEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
Holiday Open House 2019
Holiday Open House at the Willows
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
Saturday December 7 2019 1-4 PM
Join us on December 7 to celebrate the season! Once again this year we will have the Willows at Brandow Point open to the public. The event is free.
The historic 1788 house will be decorated with floral arrangements. Original art work of properties Greene Land Trust owns or manages will be on display and for sale.
Local author and illustrator, Jessica Loy will be doing a book signing. Jessica is an accomplished painter and graphic designer, as well as an environmentalist. She is a professor at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches graphic design. Her books include:
- Weird & Wild Animal Facts
- When I Grow Up: A Young Person's Guide to Interesting and Unusual Occupations
- Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors
As for her interest in writing Weird and Wild Animal Facts the author says, “I feel an urgency to get children involved in protecting our environment by giving them tools to explore the natural world around them.”
Of course there will be refreshments. We hope you will stop by to see this old house at its finest and to visit with us about our plans and events for the coming year.
Build a Fairy House at the Willows!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10 AM -Noon
Building a Fairy House is a wonderful way for children to use their imaginations and explore the natural world. We will read a book about fairy houses, then explore the habitats at the Willows at Brandow Point as we gather natural materials to construct our fairy houses.
Each person will build their our fairy houses in a magical spot in the woods where visitors can visit to check to see if any fairies have set up households! This program is suitable for all who believe in woodland fairies!
Location: The Willows at Brandow Point, 480 NYS Route 385, Athens