Local Events

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mothmania: Who’s awake and flying at night? Moths! Help us observe and document the moths and other nocturnal insects within the preserve in this citizen science project. No prior training needed. You can stay as long as you would like between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. with our naturalists. Appropriate for ages 14 and up. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road. There is no fee but registration is required; call 456-0655. 

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Initial Lead Training: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, an EPA accredited training provider, is offering free trainings. Upon successful completion of the RRP Initial course, including passing an exam at the end of the class, participants are EPA certified renovators. This certification is good for five years. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Steinmetz Homes Community Room, 120 Emmons Street, Schenectady. It includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, a packet of resource materials, interactive hands-on resources, and a certification test. Call 765-3512 to register. 

“Three Twentieth Century Archeologists Who Discovered the Prehistory of New York State” will be the program at the 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Guilderland Historical Society, at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. Dr. Galen B. Ritchie’s presentation will trace the story of New York State’s first three professional archeologists as they investigated New York’s earliest inhabitants and developed a methodical scientific approach to archeological fieldwork. Anyone with an interest in archeology, New York State Native Americans, or New York’s prehistory is welcome. Refreshments and a social hour will follow the program. Call 861-8582 for more information. 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Giant Rummage Sale from 9 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Bethlehem Grange 137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk. Furniture, clothing, household items, Christmas items, dinnerware, glassware, craft items, books, games, toys, computer items, and anything else you might be looking for. 

Family Karner Blue Butterfly Walk: Don’t miss this chance to join Albany Pine Bush staff on a .9-mile hike in the Pine Bush Preserve to see the rare Karner blue butterfly. Once common in the glacial Lake Albany sand belt, the Karner blue has plummeted in numbers over the past 40 years and is now listed as a federally endangered species. Come learn about the natural history of the Karner blue and what efforts are underway to rescue this species from the brink of extinction. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 11 a.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Indian Ladder Guided Walk at Thacher Park: Spring is dramatic and picturesque on the trail below the cliff, with cascading waterfalls and blooming woodland wildflowers. Learn about the fascinating geology of the escarpment and look for columbine, trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, jack-in-the-pulpit, and other spring bloomers. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Indian Ladder picnic area at 10 a.m.; call 872-0800 to register. 

“Lore of the Woods” Wildflower Walk at Thacher Park: Look for spring blooming wildflowers on an easy stroll through the woods on the trail to High Point. Learn about the myths and legends of our spring wildflowers, and their historical uses with naturalist Sigrin Newell. Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. 

Celebrate World Turtle Day at Five Rivers: World Turtle Day is observed annually to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Participate in World Turtle Day this year by learning about local turtle species. Join educators at 10 a.m. at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, to learn about the turtles of Five Rivers. We’ll gather for a brief introduction indoors, then head out to the ponds to look for resident turtles and discover what they’re up to this time of year. In addition to seeing turtles, spring is a wonderful time to explore for wildflowers. At 2 p.m., enjoy a leisurely, guided stroll along Five Rivers’ wooded trails in search of trout lily, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and other flora. These programs are open to the public free of charge. Call 475-0291 for more information.

Lupine Walk: Join us for an approximately one-and-a-half mile hike over rolling terrain to observe the wild blue lupine, a beautiful wildflower that is critical for survival of the endangered Karner blue butterfly. We will meet at the Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, at 10 a.m., then drive to the Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead, where we will start our hike. Participants must provide their own transportation. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

May Bird Watch Walk: Join Neal Reilly as he takes us on a walk through the Pine Bush in the late spring, looking for the many varieties of birds — some call the Pine Bush home, some may just be passing through. Meet in the Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, 195 New Karner Road, at 8 a.m. 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Terrific Turtles: Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? They’re here! In this program, we will learn what kinds of turtles live in the Pine Bush, where they live, and how they survive. We will start our program indoors with a live turtle presentation and continue outside for a hike into turtle habitat. We will be hiking approximately one-mile over rolling terrain. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Family Hike: Join us for an approximately one-mile hike over rolling terrain and enjoy the beauty of the Pine Bush. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, at 1 p.m. The fee is $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required; call 456-0655.

Community Day sponsored by the Knox Youth Council from noon to 2 p.m. after the Knox Memorial Day Parade, which will end at the town hall on Route 156 in the village. The event will be behind the town hall at the Knox Town Park. Community Day will feature free ice cream and beverages, complimentary pony rides, and face painting. All features of the park will be available for use. In addition, the Knox Historical Museum at the Saddlemire Homestead will be open for self-guided tours or research from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The youth council will also take this opportunity to collect donations for the local food pantry — bring an item or two if you “can!” 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free Cancer Screening Event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, for individuals who are 40 and older and not covered by health insurance. Screenings include a mammogram, clinical breast exam, and pap test, and a colon cancer screening for individuals 50 and over. Appointments can be made by calling 525-8680. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chicken Barbecue at the Westerlo Reformed Church on Route 143 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Homemade cream puffs for dessert. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children; take-outs are available for an additional $1. Proceeds will benefit the church to help replace the coverings over the original stained glass windows.

Dragonflies and Beaver Pond at Five Rivers: Summer is on its way and dragonflies will soon be hovering over the ponds at Five Rivers. Join us at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, at 10 a.m., as we take a closer look at these beautiful insects and how they maneuver through our wetlands. We’ll begin with a brief indoor presentation, then head outside to explore our ponds in search of nymphs and adult dragonflies. Crafts for the whole family will be included. Wear rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet. Space is limited; call 475-0291 to register. At 2 p.m., the public is invited for an easy stroll around the Beaver Tree Trail as we watch for turtles and other critters in and around Beaver Pond. We’ll follow the trail as it meanders around the pond and through a cattail marsh, offering opportunities to explore at the water’s edge. 

Huyck Preserve Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Come get hands-on with microscopes, check out our newly-updated visitors’ center, our new touch screen display with games, and take a short hike to learn about our history. Meet at the visitors’ center, 5052 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville. 

10th Annual Native Plant Sale at Thacher Park Overlook — “Bring your Landscape to Life.” Join us on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for this anniversary celebration of native plants, biodiversity, and pollinators! Over 50 hard-to-find species of perennials, ferns, shrubs, and small trees will be available. Native plants attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators, and provide nesting material and seeds for migratory and winter birds. Many are deer resistant, drought tolerant, cold tolerant, and adapted to a wide range of soil types and moisture. Experienced staff will be on-hand to answer questions and help you find the right plant. Join a guided hike, meet a beekeeper from Bees of the Woods Apiary, purchase books and bluebird nest boxes, or participate in plein air sketching. Face painting and kids’ crafts, including planting a “Milkweed for Monarchs” to take home. Call 872-0800 for more information. 

Woodland Wildflowers at Thacher Park: Enjoy a walk in the woods on the Hop Field Trail, where late spring wildflowers bloom. We’ll look for Gaywings, Starflowers, Pink Ladyslippers, and more. The 1.5-mile loop trail circles a wetland, where springs flow from the rocky cliffs and many species of ferns are found. Meet at the Hop Field parking area at 2 p.m. Call 872-0800 for more information.