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Albany Rural Cemetery Bird Walk @ 7:30 AM

On Saturday April 21, the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, in collaboration with the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery, will conduct a spring bird walk in Albany Rural Cemetery (ARC). The Cemetery covers over 467 acres of rolling hills and streams. This city of the dead is home to over 135, 000 people, including a president and many other important people. The Cemetery is located in Menands, NY.

Check-in will start at 7:15am and the walk will get underway at 7:30am begining at the chapel. In prior years, more than 30 different species of birds have been seen and heard as we walk through the Cemetery grounds. In addition to guided bird identification, historical narratives of some of the historic and interesting people buried in ARC will be provided as we walk through the historic grounds. Wear your walking shoes and be prepared to walk. You also may want to bring binoculars and bug spray (just in case). Call the Cemetery Office at (518) 463-7017 to reserve a spot. A $10 donation is recommended for the bird walk to support the  Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery.

close - "Audubon: The Film" (2015) - FREE documentary screening @ 7:15am - 10am

Come out to the Guilderland Public Library at 2pm for a Saturday afternoon matinee! Celebrate John James Audubon's birthday (April 26th, 1785) by learning about his life and undeniable impact on our nations natural history through his love of birds. He was one of the most remarkable men in early America. A self-taught painter and ornithologist, he pursued a dream that made him famous in his lifetime and left a legacy in art and science that endures to this day. His portrait hangs in the White House and his statue stands over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. Yet the story of John James Audubon has never been told on movie screens - until now.  Read more about the film by clicking here:

The Audubon Society of the Capital Region (ASCR) is proudly partnering with the Guilderland Public Library to bring this film to the Capital Region!  Program is free, but seating is on a first come first serve basis!  The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, New York 12084.

close - Bird Walk! at Albany Rural Cemetery @ 7:15am

Don’t miss the mating and migration rites of Spring in the bucolic and historic setting of the Albany Rural Cemetery! Join us in the Chapel with Michael Radlick from the Albany Rural Cemetery as he will give a quick intro to the history and design of this historic cemetery’s landscape.  This 467 acre National Historic Landmark is an exemplar of the rural or garden cemetery movement of the 1800’s with its winding roads, wooded hills and beautiful burial monuments, featuring the resting places of John Boyd Thacher (Thacher State Park) and President Chester Arthur among many other notables.

The bird walk will commence soon after with our ASCR bird walk leader. We will listen for and find migrators and avian denizens as we walk the cemetary's rolling terrain of various paved surfaces.   Make sure to bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. 

*Space is limited and Registration is required! Please call the Albany Rural Cemetery Office at 518- 463-7017 to reserve your spot!

The Albany Rural Cemetery is located at Cemetery Ave, Albany, NY 12204, however the main entrance is off of route 378 in Menands.

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