FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
9:00 am: Fungi – John Michelotti, Past President of Mid-Hudson Mycological Assoc.
10:30 am: Butterflies – Steve Chorvas, Naturalist
10:30 am: Life in the Stream for Children – Explore the Stream, collect macro-invertebrates. Waders & nets provided, Katie Palm, the Catskill Center
Noon – Lunch Break
12:30 pm: Life in the Stream for Children – Explore the Stream, collect macro-invertebrates. Waders & nets provided, Katie Palm, the Catskill Center
1:00 pm: Reptiles and Amphibians – Erik Kiviat, PhD. Hudsonia *Advance registration required, email GKasher@gmail.com to register*
2:00 pm: Life in the Stream for Children – Explore the Stream, collect macro-invertebrates. Waders & nets provided, Katie Palm, the Catskill Center
2:30 pm: Dragon Flies & Damsel Flies – Joe Bridges PhD. Senior Biologist
4:00 pm: Herbaceous plants (including wildflowers) – Chris Graham, Plant Community Ecologist, Hudsonia
6:00 pm: Campfire and food
7:30 pm: Moths & other insects – Jason Crockwell, Naturalist.
8:00 pm: Owl & Frog calls – Peter Koch, Ecologist
8:30 pm: Acoustic Monitoring for Bats – Michael Cooper, Vesper Environmental, LLC.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
8:00 am: Birds – Steve Chorvas, Naturalist
10:00 am: Tracking Mammals – Julie Seyfert Lillis, Tracker
10:00-11:30am: Eco-adventures 4 young ones – Del Orloske, NYSDEC Outdoor Guide
Noon: Lunch Break
1:00 pm: Bees – Domestic and Wild – Chris Layman, beekeeper, and independent researcher
1:00-2:30 pm: Nature-Based Crafts for children – Ellie Reese, Program & Outreach Coordinator, WLC
2:30 pm: Life in the Stream – Peter Koch, Ecologist & Dan Snider, Field Project Manager, CRISP
4:00 pm: Trees – Vern Rist, PhD. Plant Pathologist. Healthy Trees Consultation & Services
Raindate is Sunday, June 9th
Bring your own lunch
The times given are start times only. A walk leader and participants can stay in the field as long as desired. Participants will not be able to go on all the walks but should choose the ones of most interest and plan to stay on that walk.
Participants in the Life in the Stream will wade into the Sawkill stream and collect living things in kick nets, then identify what is found. This is a lot of fun, but you should bring stream wading shoes if you want to help with collecting.
For all other walks, wear good walking shoes, and sun and tick protection. The walks will be mostly on the mowed paths.
At Base Camp, you will find tables and chairs to sit and rest and people to talk to about your discoveries. There will be free snacks, cool water (bring your own bottle), coffee, tea, Field Guide Books for species identification, and other useful things. Bring your lunch.
* for reptile and amphibian walk you must register at firstname.lastname@example.org Number of participants is limited.
The fields, forests, ponds, and streams of Ulster County are bursting with a wide variety of trees, grasses, flowers, insects, birds, fish, and mammals of all sizes!
At Thorn Preserve, experts will go into the Preserve with teams composed of adult community members, and high school and college students to find what species live on this 60-acre Preserve. The findings will be recorded, photographed, listed and added to a map.
We also welcome discussions of species interactions, relationship of species to habitat, to soils to weather, etc. We hope to stimulate enthusiasm for biodiversity and to gather information useful in making stewardship decisions for this newly acquired piece of land.