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see details + "Flight Paths" Reading and Book Signing hosted by The Woman’s Club of Albany
The Woman’s Club of Albany has been united in service to the community for over 100 years!

Support the club by attending a reading of "Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People"  by local author Darryl McGrath.

A particularly interesting focus the author will concentrate on will be the largely forgotten story of the pioneering women biologists and ornithologists, who made major contributions to the projects that kept the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from going extinct. Most of these women are now in their 60’s, and all of them are either retired or engaged in other careers. Each of their stories is compelling.

Due to limited space...event registration is required at: http://womansclubofalbany.com/event-2181862/registration

$10.00 suggested donation at the door to benefit the WCA.

Refreshments will be served!

Books will sell for $20.00 cash.




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see details + ASCR Board Meeting
Five Rivers Environmental Center in Delmar NY

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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see details + Bird Walk @ Kinderhook Creek Preserve! - a Rensselaer Land Trust preserve
Join us as our ASCR bird walk leaders explore the Rensselaer Land Trust’s Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in Stephentown, NY for spring migrants on this joint trip! This joint trip in Rensselaer County continues to enhance the relationships ASCR has across counties and across river!

Meeting time: Walk starts at 7:30am


Directions to location:

***In your GPS or Google Maps, enter: 300 Martha Hicks Road, East Nassau, NY, 12062

From Albany:

Take I-90 East to exit 8, Defreestville.  Continue straight on RT 43 for approximately 10 miles to Sand Lake. In Sand Lake, RT 43 merges together with RT 66 and makes a 90 degree turn to the right. This intersection has a light, a Cumberland Farms on the left, a garden store on the right and County Route 42 straight ahead. Go right and continue on RT 43/66. After passing Glass Lake and the CRooked Lake House on your right, Route 66 splits off to the right. Continue onto Route 66 towards Nassau, NY.  Take a right onto Tsatsawassa Lake Road (located  before  you reach the Post Office of East Nassau) and drive for approximately ½ mile. Take a left onto Martha Hicks Road and the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve will be on your left in approximately 2/10ths of a mile.

From Troy:

Take RT 66/Pawling Avenue South to Sand Lake.  You will go through Wynantskill on the way. In Sand Lake, RT 66 merges together with RT 43, which comes in from the right. This intersection has a light, a Cumberland Farms on the right, a garden store on the right and County Route 42 on the left. Continue on RT 66 towards Nassau, NY.  Take a right onto Tsatsawassa Lake Road (located  before  you reach the Post Office of East Nassau) and drive for approximately ½ mile. Take a left onto Martha Hicks Road and the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve will be on your left in approximately 2/10ths of a mile.



RAIN DATE: Tomorrow - Sunday May 1st!


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see details + Birdwalk! - ’Birds, Beer, and BBQ’ - JOINT TRIP with Hudson Mohawk Bird Club!
Meeting Time: 9:00am

Location: Sanders Town Preserve, Town of Glenville (Schenetady County)

Join us as we bird the trails at Sanders Preserve in the Town of Glenville in search of early migrants.  Be prepared for wet or muddy conditions.  Afterwards, participants may visit the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company tasting room on Route 5 for beer and Buzzards Bay BBQ or brown bag your own.
Can you tell we’re ALL About Alliteration with this walk? 

Directions: Meet at 9:00 am at the Preserve parking area, located on the south side of Sanders Road in West Glenville.   To reach Sanders Road, from Route 5 coming from Scotia going west, turn right on to Gower Road, follow it to the top, and turn left at the stop sign.  The parking area and main trailheads will be less than a mile down on the left. 

Field Trip Coordinator:
John Loz - email: jjjazz5@hotmail.com  phone #: 518-708-7825

JOINT TRIP with Hudson Mohawk Bird Club!



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see details + Conservation Through the Lives of Adirondack Loons
Location: Peebles Island State Park Visitors Center, 1 Delaware Ave., Waterford, NY 12188

Time: 7:00pm start

This engaging presentation provides an overview of Common Loon natural history and behavior, as well as discusses the research, outreach, and conservation efforts of Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

The presentation will also address the conservation concerns affecting Common Loon populations and habitats. Long-lived and at the top of the aquatic food web, loons breed throughout New York’s Adirondack Park. However, their populations are affected by numerous factors, from pollution to human disturbance. Using the charismatic loon as a sentinel, BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation researches the impact of mercury pollution on aquatic ecosystems. BRI and its partners have also studied the migratory patterns of Adirondack loons, their population trends, and informed the public and policy-makers about conservation through their outreach programs.

BRI, a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.

Dr. Nina Schoch is a wildlife veterinarian with Biodiversity Research Institute of Portland, Maine and coordinates BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in New York. She has a veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, a master’s degree in Natural Resources/Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology-Behavioral Ecology from Cornell University. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine in New York’s Adirondack Park from 1991-2002, is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and enjoys wildlife photography, paddling, and many other things. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research. She was inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the NYS Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler NY Outdoor Citizen Award in 2011.


***We are thrilled to Partner with Peebles Island State Park to host this program at their newly painted and spiffed up Visitors Center!


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Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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