9:00 AM09:00

119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Putnam County

Contact: Charles Roberto email 845-270-2979

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science bird project in the United States. It originated as the holiday “Christmas Side Hunt” prior to the 20th century, when hunters would compete to see who could bring in the largest feathered and furred quarry.

In 1900, Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the nascent Audubon movement, proposed a different kind of tradition—a “Christmas Bird Census” where people could count instead of hunt birds. More

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3:00 PM15:00

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk

A great event lead by Kyle Bardwell in Partnership with Saw Mill River Audubon we are guiding a bird walk at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Wallkill, NY.

There will be plenty of time to view winter grasslands birds as well as be present just before sunset to see the flight of Short-eared Owls that rise out of the grasses to hunt at dusk. Dress *very* warmly. We may do so birding beforehand in the Black Dirt region where more northern birds -- like Snow Buntings and Horned Larks -- are seen in the fields.

Registration required so we can update you on the itinerary. Email Saw Mill River Audubon office to register:

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12:00 PM12:00

Climate Change and Gardening with Philipstown Garden Club

Presented by Kim Eiereman 

Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial. She is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions.  Kim is an active speakernationwide on many ecological landscape topics, presenting for industry conferences, "green events," Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeeping groups, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements.  Kim also provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients


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11:00 AM11:00

Basic Backyard Bird Feeding Class

On Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 AM Scott Silver, Facility Director and Curator of Animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo will present a Basic Backyard Bird Feeding Program at Hubbard Lodge on Rt 9 in Cold Spring.


Backyard bird feeding is an enjoyable and educational activity that the whole family can enjoy and participate in! With a small investment in seeds, your household can enjoy many hours of bird viewing and wildlife watching right from your window.  This program will introduce people who are new to bird feeding to the experience, and outline some of the considerations for setting up a feeder, and helping to identify some of the likely visitors to your feeder! Anyone who has ever considered setting up a bird feeder but was not sure what it entailed, will find this program to be just what they need to get started watching birds from the comfort of your living room or kitchen!

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8:30 AM08:30

November Third Saturday Bird Walk @ Canopus Lake

Duck Sitting@ Canopus Lake & White Pond

Join birder Ryan Bass for a stationary observation of arriving waterfowl at Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park. Time permitting, we will caravan to White Pond, 10 minutes away via Farmers Mills Rd. Target bird species include Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, and Ring-necked Duck. A spotting scope will be shared for long distance viewing. Please register online at: Meet at the first gravel parking area while heading East on Route 301 at Lake Canopus.

Register Here

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11:00 AM11:00

Nature Exploration at Hubbard-Perkins Conservation Area

  • Hubbard-Perkins Conservation Area (map)
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Family-friendly Nature Walk and Exploration

Join environmental educator Pete Salmansohn for a leisurely and fun exploration of the woods, streams, and wetlands of the Hubbard-Perkins natural area. We'll search for signs of beaver and other animals, look for birds, turn over some logs and rocks, cross some creeks, and do some sensory-awarenesss activities like creating a sound map of what we hear, as well as investigating smells and sights of the ever-changing forestlands. Wear good footwear and bring a sense of curiosity. Meet at the Hubbard Lodge, which is 1/2 mile north of Route 301, directly off of Route 9. You can email Pete with any questions - Register Here

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