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January 2018

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Tracking Club with Josh Wood

Tracking Club with Josh Wood

For ages 18 and up.

Meets the first Sunday of each month from 9:00 am to noon (and on the third Sunday in January 2018).

2018 Dates:

January 21
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3

Tuition: 
By donation
Flying Deer: Tracking Club
Josh Wood, Assistant Programs Director

Flying Deer's monthly Wildlife Tracking Club is a great opportunity for adults to further their nature education and knowledge of the local wildlife, and spend time in the fields and forest. Whether you're approaching the art of tracking for the first time, or have been tracking for years, the Tracking Club offers something for you!

Explore local habitats and find animal tracks and sign-clues that reveal a wealth of information. While interpreting what we find in the field, we open a window into the lives of the local wildlife. Expect to find yourself well off the beaten path, traveling down hidden deer trails and peeking into the rocky refuges of porcupines! Learn how to stay on the trail and how to identify animals, track patterns, scat, scent markings, bones, nests, and more. 

We’ll visit locations throughout the region as we learn to:

  • Identify animals by their tracks
  • Recognize scat and other animal signs
  • Recognize animal gaits and patterns
  • Uncover mysteries!

This program is supported by donations. E-mall Josh or call 413-329-1017 for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
Introduction to Knots

Introduction to Knots

For ages 16 and up.

Friday, January 26, 6:00–8:00 pm

Tuition: 
$20; $15 for second family member
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Knots are one of the most useful, easiest to learn, and least understood tools.

Learn how to tie 10 of the most practical and versatile knots, and how to apply them to everyday situations. 

 

 
Winter Botany with Farmscape Ecology

Winter Botany with Farmscape Ecology

For ages 18 and up.

E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.

NEW TIMES! Three Saturday mornings:

January 27, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
February 3: 10:00 am–12:00 pm
February 24: 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Location: 122 Daley Rd., East Chatham, NY; please approach from Route 9 only.

Tuition: 
Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for one session
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Learn to identify trees and shrubs in the “off” season with ecologists Conrad and Claudia Vispo of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, who have led ecology walks throughout Columbia County and taught people how to identify plants in all seasons since 2004.

Winter Botany can be a lot of fun when you key in on a combination of clues the plants offer to help reveal which species they belong to. These clues include the habitat where the plant is found, its general shape and branching pattern, and its bark and bud characteristics. Some plants even have unique smells that can help with their identification. And don’t forget to search the ground for remains of leaves and/or fruit and nuts—it’s all fair game.

This course combines indoor and outdoor instruction to provide participants with a set of tools to improve their skills with winter identification of woody plants, no matter their prior knowledge. Everybody with a curiosity about the natural world can benefit from this course and gain a new appreciation for the patterns discernable in the plants of our wintry woods.

The three consecutive sessions will build on each other, and we will give preference to participants signing up for the entire course. However, if space is available after January 10, we will also accept sign-ups for individual sessions. Sessions will be limited to 15 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!

Tuition: The instructors are donating their time to Flying Deer Nature Center. If you would like to participate in the Winter Botany course, please contribute to the Capital Campaign for the new campus on Daley Road. Suggested donation: $50 for all three sessions; $20 for a single session.

E-mail us to register for this program. Register early as space is limited.

 
 
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