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(1) Invasive Species ID Walk – Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve

July 12 @ 6pm:  We will depart from the parking lot located at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken roads.

In recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8 – 14, 2018), this walk will feature summer plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this nature preserve.


(2) Invasive Species ID Walk – Fox Preserve

July 13 @ 9am:  We will depart from the trailhead parking area located along the south side of River Road, approximately one-half mile east of its intersection with Buhrmaster Road.

In recognition of New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (July 8 – 14, 2018), this walk will feature summer plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this preserve.

All participants must register by visiting


Wildflower Walks along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail – A Trek Through Two Towns

I have recently expanded a wildflower field guide, now featuring more than 360 species, for the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail.  To help inform trail users about the myriad of wildflowers along its route, I will be hosting wildflower walks (approximately 2 hours each, rain or shine) along a segment within each of the towns through which that trail currently passes.

The kickoff for this series of wildflower walks will occur on the third Tuesday of May along a Town of Halfmoon segment, followed by an outing on the third Tuesday of July along a Town of Waterford segment.

The next scheduled walk will be:

  1. July 17 @ 5:30pm: We will depart from the Division Street crossing in the Town of Waterford and hike northward to Old Lock No. 5 and then return (less than 2 miles in all).  There is ample free parking along Division Street.  We hope to find Lopseed, Mad-dog Skullcap, Marsh Skullcap, and Trumpet Creeper in bloom.

During each wildflower walk, we will focus on one side of the trail corridor in each direction.  By doing so, we will remain off the main trail surface during most of each outing.

I hope you will join me for both legs of this series of wildflower walks.

Ongoing Exhibits

No exhibits currently underway.

Previous Exhibits

The Town of Clifton Park compiled its 2015 calendar from a selection of winning photos submitted to two photo contests conducted during 2014.  The "Open Space and Nature Day Photo Contest" sought entries from residents and visitors with the goal of encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors.  The second contest, "Art in Everyday Life," sought entries that represented the artist's interpretation of this theme in photographic images.

One of my entries, entitled "Vischer Ferry Sunset," was selected for the December photo of this calendar as a result of it being selected a first place winner in the "Landscapes" category of the Open Space and Nature Day Photo Contest.


All entries were photographed at any of eight nature preserves or parks located in the town.  The Open Space and Nature Day was hosted by the Town Board and its Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Advisory Committee on May 17, 2014.

View the 2015 calendar.  Read more about it.

On December 1, 2014, the Town Board recognized the winning entries and the associated artists at the beginning of its regular board meeting with a slide presentation of the calendar's photographs.


A two-month exhibit at the former Local.Art.Works gallery in the Jonesville Store in Clifton Park included several of my wildflower and seasonal landscape photos.   

Scenes from the artists' reception -





This winter landscape (St. Regis Mountain, part of the Adirondacks), was previously on display as part of the New York State Museum exhibit, entitled "Wish You Were Here!" That exhibition featured photographs submitted from the public-at-large from across New York to illustrate the types of scenes one would expect to see on a postcard that you'd send "back home" to visually capture something memorable from your trip. The exhibit was simultaneous with "Not Just Another Pretty Place: The Landscape of New York."



This winter image of the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, entitled "Shimmering Landscape," received a 2nd Place award in the "Nature" category in the 2009 Clifton Park River Days Photo Contest:

This waterfall image, entitled "Nature's Backlighting:  Azure Cascade," was an unawarded selection in Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library's 14th Annual Juried Art and Photography Show:

© David H. Behm / Curious By Nature