Events and Exhibits
Curious By Nature Events and Exhibits
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(1) Winter Plant ID Walk – Fox Preserve
In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26 – March 2, 2018), this walk will feature winter plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this preserve. FYI: This summer, we’ll return in July for another plant ID walk as part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week. Return to this “Events” page to find out more about that walk later this year.
All participants must register by visiting http://mohawkhudson.org/events-registration/.
(2) Stewardship Hike – Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve
March 2 @ 1pm: Led by Jennifer Viggiani, the Town of Clifton Park’s Open Space Coordinator, this walk will depart from the parking lot located at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken roads.
In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26 – March 2, 2018), this walk will feature winter plant identification of a variety of invasive species found at this nature preserve.
Please consider accompanying Jennifer for each of her monthly walks; a different nature preserve or park in the Town of Clifton Park is featured each month. Jennifer requests that you RSVP for each stewardship walk by calling (518) 371-6054.
Wildflower Walk along Shenantaha Creek Park Nature Trail
May 1 @ 5:30pm: To help inform visitors about the variety of wildflowers along the nature trail located within this park, I will be hosting a wildflower walk (approximately 2 hours, rain or shine) to highlight some of the spring ephemeral wildflowers found there.
This wildflower walk will occur on the first Tuesday of May, which corresponds with “May Day” this year. We will depart from the parking lot at the end of the park’s entrance road. We hope to find Early Meadow Rue, Fringed Polygala, Toothworts, and Trout Lily in bloom.
I hope you will join me this wildflower walk to experience the diversity of wildflowers found along this scenic trail overlooking “Shenantaha,” the Iroquois word meaning “deer water,” also known today as Ballston Creek.
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 schedule for those walks will be as follows:
- May 15 @ 5:30pm: We will depart from the current north end trailhead along Upper Newtown Road in the Town of Halfmoon and hike southward to the McDonald Creek Waste Weir and then return (less than 2 miles in all). We hope to find American Bladdernut, Flowering Dogwood, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Mayapple in bloom.
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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