Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Budding architects created some innovative homes for the fairies at the Willows at Brandow Point in 2017. Thanks to all the architects and their assistants for another fun day of fairy house building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Kids and Happy Birds
We had a great turnout for our annual birdhouse building event in 2018 with 40+ kids of all ages coming to the Willows to build a birdhouse and birdfeeder to take home, take a hike, learn to use binoculars, and roll down the hill.
Thanks to the Athens Sportsmen’s Club for preparing the birdhouse kits and helping with the building. And thanks to the Athens Community Foundation for helping the Sportsmen pay for the materials.
Free Event - Build a Birdhouse and Bird Feeder
Come make a Blue Bird House and a Bird Feeder to take home and put in your yard. This is a FREE event for all kids. There will be people there to help with the building.
Saturday April 7, 2018 10 AM, Pizza at noon.
This event will be held at the Willows, 480 State Route 385 in Athens.
Call 731-5544 to reserve your spot.
(Snow is still possible – check our website or facebook page in case of bad weather.)
Sponsored by Athens Sportsmen’s Club and Greene Land Trust. Funds by Athens community Foundation.
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.