Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Holiday Open House and Party
Leigh Ann Smith, Full Moon Willows, 11 x 14, oil on canvas, 2017
Holiday Open House at the Willows
480 Rt 385 Athens, NY 12015
Saturday December 1, 2018 1-4 PM
Join us on December 1 to celebrate the season! Once again this year we will have the Willows at Brandow Point decorated and open to the public for a free event on Saturday.
Local author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott will be doing a book signing from 2:30 to 4 with three of his books: "River of Dreams -The Story of the Hudson River," "United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds Their Stories, Their Glories," and his new book "Picturing America:Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art."
We will have a simple holiday craft for kids to make, and of course refreshments. We hope you will stop by to see progress on the restoration of this beautiful old house and visit with us about our plans and events for the coming year.
Festive Evening Celebration
Friday November 30, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM
Please join us for our FREE Saturday Open House
The Birds and the Trees
"The Birds and the Trees - and Oh-My, More"
A fall family educational event to explore the outdoors with well-known bird expert Rich Guthrie. Rich is heard regularly on WAMC.
The four-part program is designed to increase your knowledge and appreciation of our natural environment and fall migration habits of bird species.
The first session will be an indoor, introductory session. The following three sessions will be field trips to various sites owned or managed by the Greene Land Trust in Greene County.
Session 1 Friday Evening September 21, at the Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens
Session 2 Saturday Morning September 22 – field trip TBD
Session 3 Saturday Morning October 13 – field trip TBD
Session 4 Saturday Morning October 20 – field trip TBD
The cost is $20 per adult for the series. Children with adult(s) are free.
Space is limited so call soon to reserve your spot. Call 518-731-5544 to register.
Concert on the Lawn
on the Lawn at the historic
Willows at Brandow Point
Saturday September 29, 2018 2-5:30
The Willows, 480 Rt 385 Athens, NY
An afternoon of music at the Willows at Brandow Point.
Wickers Creek Band at the Willows September 29, 2018
The event kicked off at 2 PM with music by Wickers Creek Band. They performed an eclectic mix of traditional American music, primarily in the Bluegrass tradition.
They were followed by Breakneck Ridge Revue , a folk "jam band" of Hudson Valley musicians building twangy but danceable sets around a mix of traditional and original songs ranging from blues to folk to rock -- from John Prine to the Beatles -- but always with a homegrown feel.
The weather was wonderful and all who attended enjoyed the afternoon. Food and beverages were provided by Crossroads Brewery and Best of the Wurst.
Just like Subaru-- Dog Tested and Dog Approved. Really good hot dogs from Best of the Wurst.
Seasons of Greene
An outstanding group of artists have been invited to paint the special places protected by the Greene Land Trust. These artists, several with a national reputation, will paint through three Seasons of Greene – now through July. Their work will culminate in an exhibition to run at the Athens Cultural Center September 2 through October 14. Their styles reflect wide variety from retro Hudson Valley luminism, to wild semi-abstract plein air; and a variety of mediums. Mark your calendars now to join us for a reception with the artists at the Athens Cultural Center on September 17 from 3-5 pm.
Mawignack Preserve Ribbon Cutting Saturday
Scenic Hudson acquired 145 scenic acres along Catskill Creek that have been developed by Greene Land Trust to offer new opportunities for outdoor recreation close to the Village of Catskill.
The Greene Land Trust, in cooperation with Scenic Hudson, celebrated the official opening of the trails at this property on May 12, 2018 with a ribbon cutting, brief comments from local officials, refreshments, and one mile hike.
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, 2014 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, 2010 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".