KATONAH, N.Y. – The Bedford Audubon Society is offering what it believes to be a series of great opportunities to kick off 2017 with exercise, outdoors education and community involvement.
Throughout January, the local chapter of the national nonprofit environmental organization has scheduled a host of activities designed to connect participants with nature and each other, according to event organizers.
The events include:
- 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11: The Native Plant Center’s Carol Capobianco is to deliver a lecture – “From Gardener and Birder to Bird Gardener” – at the Katonah Village Library. Those who love gardening and birding are welcome to attend the free event to learn how Capobianco melded her two primary interests to the benefit of her personal life and professional career. Light refreshments will be served, organizers said.
Starting on Thursday, Jan. 12: Naturalist Tait Johansson and members of the Bedford Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon societies are scheduled to monitor roosting bald eagles during Science in Action: EagleWatch, an effort for all ages that is set to take place one hour before sunset on Thursdays throughout January and February.
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15: Johansson will be leading an exploration of Greenwich Point while hoping to spot the Brant, long-tailed duck, scoter, goldeneye, loon and other water birds that call the area home. The event is free, but all who attend are urged to dress warmly.
3 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24: Johansson will be leading a field trip to the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. Those who attend the free early evening expedition will be tasked with spotting rough-legged hawks, northern harriers and short-eared owls, according to organizers, who said that children ages 12 and older are welcomed to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult.
10 a.m. – noon on Sunday, Jan. 29: Johansson will be leading a nature walk through Muscoot Farm to discuss tree identification, according to organizers, who said that the naturalist will teach those in attendance how to identify a tree by its bark and other clues. All children who attend the free event must be accompanied by an adult.