March - "3rd Saturday" Bird Walk Canopus Duck Spotting Led by Kyle Bardwell
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

March - "3rd Saturday" Bird Walk Canopus Duck Spotting Led by Kyle Bardwell

March 16th 8:30 am – 10:00 am “Third Saturday’s” Duck Sitting at Canopus Lake:

Join birder Kyle Bardwell for a stationary observation of migratory waterfowl at Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park. Target bird species include Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, and Ring-necked Duck. A spotting scope will be shared for long distance viewing. Meet at the first gravel parking area while heading East on Route 301 at Lake Canopus. Birders of all experience levels are welcome to join.

This walk is limited to 25 attendees and registration is required.

Walks are free and supported by donations to Putnam Highlands Audubon Society. Donations are welcome on our web site. A limited number of binoculars are available for loan. Participation is contingent upon the acceptance of the Safety Pledge and Agreement.

Please Register Here

Read About the November Canopus Walk Here

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 Basics  of Bird Identification Educational Program
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Basics of Bird Identification Educational Program

A classroom educational program on the Basics of Bird Identification Presented by Pete Salmansohn a/k/a "Puffin Pete"

Desmond-Fish Library , 472 NY-403, Garrison, NY 10524

HOW TO IDENTIFY BIRDS

Learn the basics….It’s easy!

Join local educator PETE SALMANSOHN for this fun and interactive program.

We’ll cover all the basic elements of bird identification so that you’ll soon feel comfortable in figuring out just WHAT that bird is that you’re seeing…………….This interactive program is tailored for adults and for children 8 and up.

Peter Salmansohn is a Putnam Highlands Audubon Society Board Member and Education Coordinator for the National Audubon Society.

He received his M.S. in Teaching from the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch/New England and his M.S. in Social Ecology from Goddard College. He has instructed adults at the Audubon Ecology Camp in Maine for nine summers, children for seventeen seasons, and still teaches at the family camp and during special education weeks. Pete is the Education Coordinator for the Seabird Restoration Program and helps "Seabird Sue" Schubel coordinate the school outreach program. Pete gives lectures about the Seabird Restoration Program, and narrates the Audubon seabird tours aboard commercial boats. He is co-author with Steve Kress of two books about the Project: Project Puffin, and Giving Back To The Earth, and has most recently written a new book with Steve Kress, called Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World. In 1998 the Maine Environmental Education Association named Pete as the Environmental Educator of the Year.

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PHAS Annual Fund Raising Dinner 2019
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

PHAS Annual Fund Raising Dinner 2019

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, and we have already begun planning for our annual dinner. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 6, so mark your calendar now.

We will be in a new venue this year, as the Taconic Outdoor Education Center is undergoing extensive renovation and will not be available. Instead, the dinner will be held at the Old VFW Hall in the heart of Cold Spring. It is a beautiful room, recently completely renovated, and will provide a wonderful space for our speaker. (Wait for the official invitation to find out who this year’s speaker will be.) We will also have a new catering company, For the Love of the Craft, so expect the dinner to be a culinary delight.

In addition to the dinner, there will once again be a silent auction, with opportunities to bid on items donated by local businesses. In the past, auctioned items have ranged from jewelry to dinners at some of our fine local restaurants and everything in between, including handmade feeders and other items of interest to birders. So make sure to save the date, April 6, for an exciting evening.

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Climate Change and Gardening

A talk by Kim Eiereman presented by Philipstown Garden Club and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society at Desmond-Fish Library

Learn how your plant choices and landscape practices can help reduce the impacts of climate change, save birds and other wildlife and improve the environment around you.

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 speaker nationwide 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

Desmond Fish Library | A free event open to the public | Snow date: February 10, 2019

Conservation Program: contact Elise LaRocco pgcelise13@gmail.com

 

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

2019 EagleFest at Boscobel


During EagleFest, naturalists from Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary and the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society will be on site at Boscobel with binoculars and scopes to help visitors spot bald eagles as they feed on fish and waterfowl in the Hudson River’s unfrozen waters.

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Jan
26
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: office@sawmillriveraudubon.org

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Jan
7
9:00 AM09:00

2019 Winter Bird Seed Sale Order Deadline

FRIDAY JANUARY 7TH BIRD SEED ORDER DEADLINE:

If you haven’t heard, Winter 2018-2019 is forecast to be a WINTER FINCH IRRUPTION YEAR!!! Due to widespread hardwood and coniferous seed crop failure in Canada’s Boreal forest, there is an invasion of Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak, and Purple Finch in our area. These nomadic long distant migrants arrive stressed and hungry after flying hundreds of miles. Help them out by keeping your feeders stocked with high quality Blue Seal™ Feeds. Proceeds help support our schedule of events and community involvement. Order here 2019 Winter Bird Seed Sale

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Jan
5
2:00 PM14:00

Secret Lives… A Trail Camera Project

SATURDAY JANUARY 5th Secret Lives… A Trail Camera Project 2:00 pm:

Join Dr. Ed McGowan, Director of Science at Bear Mountain, for a presentation at DESMOND FISH LIBRARY.

What happens to a deer when it dies in the woods?  Lots. A parade of scavengers, from Common Raven to Bald Eagle to Bobcat, recycle the carcass in short order. Using motion activated cameras, park researchers chronicle the expected and unexpected wild animals drawn to the life-supporting protein of a dead deer.  The images reveal the importance of this food source for regional rarities, such as Golden Eagle, and the risks to wildlife from lead poisoning from unrecovered hunter-shot deer.  Highlights from other camera trapping projects, including an effort to estimate the size of our local Black Bear population, will be also be shared.

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Dec
29
9:00 AM09:00

119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Putnam County

Participate in the nation’s longest-running volunteer-based wildlife census. Beginner birder? Just curious? Help expert observers from Putnam Highlands Audubon Society find birds in local “hotspots” around Philipstown. No experience necessary. Participate for as long or as little as your schedule allows. This data helps assess the health of bird populations thereby guiding conservation efforts. Participants register by e-mailing veteran compiler Charlie Roberto chasrob@optonline.net 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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Dec
1
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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Nov
17
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: www.putnamhighlandsaudubon.org. Meet at the first gravel parking area while heading East on Route 301 at Lake Canopus.

Register Here

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Oct
13
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 - puffpete@gmail.com Register Here

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