Budding architects created some innovative homes for the fairies at the Willows at Brandow Point. Thanks to all the arfairy hoousefairy hoousechitects and their assistants for another fun day of fairy house building. 

February 10, 2017 at Willows at Brandow PointOwlOwl

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.  

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. 

Proud of their finished productsProud of their finished products      Using the binocularsUsing the binoculars

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We had a great turnout for our birdhouse building event 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.

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.Bluebird on nestboxBluebird on nestbox

Saturday April 7, 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.  

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.

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.  

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.

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Local birding expert, Rich Guthrie, points out a species in the sky!Local birding expert, Rich Guthrie, points out a species in the sky!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".  

Bill Robinson and his vulture!Bill Robinson and his vulture!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 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.

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