Balancing Sound Development & Effective Conservation
Register Now For This Free Fairy House Building Event!
On Saturday, July 29th Greene Land Trust will be holding a Fairy House Building Event at the Willows at Brandow Point. The Willows is located at 480 County Route 385 in Athens, NY.
We will meet at 1 PM at the house, read a book on fairy houses, then walk down towards the river. Native species and their uses will be discussed along the way. Once in the woods the building will begin! The event will take about two hours total. Be sure to remember your sunscreen and bug repellent!
We will be gathering sticks, pebbles, berries, acorns, flowers and more on site. Feel free to bring other natural materials you may want to use like pinecones, bark, moss, shells or feathers.
If there are any questions call the office number listed below or Dara at 518-965-1511. Registration encouraged!
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.
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.
150 Acres Conserved on Catskill Creek
Greene Land Trust will play a lead role in managing 144 scenic and historic acres recently acquired by Scenic Hudson. Plans for the property include establishing marked walking paths that will connect visitors to the meadow and the creek’s shoreline. (Click here for the complete press release.)
Located just upstream of the Village of Catskill, the property encompasses more than two miles of shoreline on Catskill Creek. It contains an open floodplain meadow along the creek’s eastern bank, upland forest overlooking the meadow and a forested area west of the creek. The land is remarkably unspoiled, as evidenced by its similarity to 19th-century paintings of the site by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. The property also features a portion of the railbed of the historic Catskill Mountain Railway, which carried passengers between the Hudson River and mountaintop hostelries like the Catskill Mountain House.
New Trail Connecting Brandow Point and Cohotate
Connecting the trails at Cohotate Preserve with Brandow Point and the Willows has been a goal - how it is a reality. Thanks to the owners of the private land between the two public areas who gave permission to cross and to volunteers who cleared and marked the trail. The connecting trail starts from the red trail where it is closest to the river. Give it a try, but please respect the private property and stay on the marked trail.
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.
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.