10th Annual Schoharie Watershed Month
Celebrating the beauty and natural resources of the Schoharie Reservoir drainage basin through a month-long series of events! All events are free and open to the public.
Spring in Spruceton Photography Walk
Saturday, May 4, 2019 (8:00am-12:30pm)
West Kill Community Hall Parking Lot
141 Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY
Join us for a guided photography walk with Francis X. Driscoll along the Westkill Stream in the Spruceton Valley area of Lexington. Fran will show how he has gotten some of his award-winning shots. This will include hands-on instruction, in the field, with camera settings, composition, exposure, depth of field, etc. With emphasis on enjoying and capturing the beauty around us. Participants will meet at the West Kill Community Hall to carpool to the location, as parking space is limited at the trailhead. The photography walk will wrap up around noon and then carpool back. This is an outdoor event, so attendees should dress for the weather, bring a filled water bottle and snacks, and wear appropriate footwear for walking on a trail. All camera types, including cell phones and tablets, are welcome.
Arresting the Floodwaters: Hold your Ground with Native Plants
Saturday, May 4, 2019 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Mountain Top Library
6093 Main Street, Tannersville, NY
We used to say “it rained.” Now we refer to “rain events.” We’ve all seen wet weather cause erosion and flooding. Through a slide presentation and guided walk, author and landscape designer Carolyn Summers will present information on ways to harness wet weather to beautify landscapes, create better wildlife habitat, and prevent erosion.
Birds along the Batavia Kill - a Bird and Nature Discovery Walk
Sunday, May 5, 2019 (7:30am-11:00am)
Windham Path - Use Route 23 parking area
Route 23, Windham, NY
Join Larry Federman, president of the Northern Catskills Audubon Society and former Education Coordinator for 3 Audubon sanctuaries, on a bird walk at the Windham Path. On the walk we’ll identify, by sight and sound, the birds that call this important habitat home, as well as look for migrants passing through to their northern breeding territories. We’ll also talk about critters and plants that we encounter on the walk. Bring binoculars and water, and wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear (no flip-flops please).
**Note: The "Birds along the Batavia Kill" event was cancelled due to weather.**
Planting Hope: The Work of the CCC in the Catskills
Thursday, May 9, 2019 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Windham Civic Center
5379 Main Street, Windham, NY
Join Diane Galusha, author of several books of regional history and president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, for an illustrated talk of the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was created in 1933 by an Executive Order signed by newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A federally-sponsored program for unemployed men from 17 to 25 years of age, its aim was to assist Depression-stricken families and at the same time conduct conservation projects to reverse decades of environmental degradation, improve public lands and develop parks, trails and campgrounds for public enjoyment. This talk is based on Galusha's book, Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, which was published in 2008 by Black Dome Press, formerly of Hensonville. The book features a Forward by noted environmental writer, scholar and activist Bill McKibben. Copies will be available for purchase.
Becoming a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist
Saturday, May 11, 2019 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Arboretum
4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY
Observations submitted by citizen scientists are playing an increasingly important role in tracking changes in species distributions and the overall biodiversity of our planet. If you already enjoy exploring the natural world or are looking for a new way to engage with it, then participating in the citizen scientist project iNaturalist may be for you. Join amateur naturalist and citizen scientist Xander Prince to learn how to use the iNaturalist mobile app to document your observations of flora and fauna. The workshop will begin with an overview of best practices and tips when using the iNaturalist app and website. Dan Snider will present on invasive plant species that are the greatest threat to the watershed and are found close to the Arboretum. Then we will move outside to explore and document the diverse plant and animal life at the Arboretum and load photos to iNaturalist.
Glacial Geology of the Schoharie Creek Valley
Saturday, May 11, 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm)
Zadock Pratt Museum
14540 Main Street, Prattsville, NY
Lecture from 1:00pm-2:00pm: Join Robert and Johanna Titus for a lecture on the glacial geology of the Schoharie Creek Valley. During the middle of the Ice Age, there was an advance of the ice that flooded the Schoharie Creek Valley. One mass of ice invaded from the east through Kaaterskill Clove, the other through Middleburgh. When all this ice melted away, a host of ice age landscape features were left behind.
(Optional) Pratt Rock Hike from 2:15pm-4:00pm: Our hike up nearby Pratt Rock will allow us to see typical ice age features of the glaciation of the Schoharie Creek Valley. The ledge at the top of Pratt Rock has been planed off and striated by the passage of the ice. The valley below was once the floor of Glacial Lake Grand Gorge. Following the lecture at the Zadock Pratt Museum, hike participants will carpool to Pratt Rock. The hike is limited to 15 registered attendees.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Primer: What's Happening with Hemlocks in New York?
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (10:00am-12:00pm)
Mountain Top Arboretum
4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY
The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive forest pest that threatens native eastern hemlock, a common tree species throughout New York and at the Arboretum. Hemlocks are a foundation species that create unique habitats and provide several ecosystem services including protecting clean water resources. The New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) integrates research, management, and outreach to address the growing threat of HWA in the state. NYSHI will share the importance of conserving hemlocks, the damage HWA is causing in our forests, and the management and community science efforts being employed to slow the spread of HWA in New York. We will finish the event by taking a short walk to the Arboretum's hemlock stand to scout for woolly adelgid.
Past Schoharie Watershed Celebrations