Tom O'Dowd is a local naturalist interested in sharing the woody plants and estuarine creatures of New York State. As a WVLT board member, he serves as co-chair of the education committee and member of the conservation committee. Tom teaches for Marist College and several local environmental organizations.
This early spring tree identification walk will look at the diversity of woody plants in the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, from vines and shrubs to trees. Special attention will be paid to the under-appreciated field marks and of trees. If you are so inclined, you might want to bring your phone or electronic device with iNaturalist app downloaded - we will experiment with that! Dress for a slow and conversational walk.
Lend a hand at Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s annual Walk and Talk on the Smith Property! Once a year, the Smiths’ invite community members to join in their search for hibernating turtles in the hopes of finding more repeaters and learning more about their range. Participation is limited, free for all, and advance registration with the WVLT is required. For more information on the project: visit www.boxturtlesny.com. This event is rain or shine (turtles like rain). Space is very limited for this walk.
Alex Bartholomew is an Associate Professor of Stratigraphy and Paleontology at SUNY New Paltz. He did his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady NY and his MS and PhD at the University of Cincinnati. He grew up in the northern Catskills in Schoharie County and now lives in New Paltz with his wife Amy who teaches Astronomy at SUNY, their daughter Annabeth and a new baby girl due in July.
Dr. Bartholomew will walk us through a rarely seen private conservation easement for a unique look at scenic bedrock outcrops comprised of Ordovivian Taconic Orogeny sediments. Alex is not only a wealth of information on the local geology, but he also strives to learn about the complete ecosystem. Knowing this, we can be sure to get distracted by the beautiful vernal pools and wooded wetlands on the property as well as other exciting natural features.
What bird is making that sound? Are there ways to tell birds apart just by looking at how they fly? Join science teacher and long-time avid birder Chrissy Guarino to learn bird calls, as well as tools for identifying resident and migrating songbirds and waterfowl in the oxbow lake. Bring binoculars if you have them! (Please no pets and no children under seven.) Space is very limited for this walk.
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