Pets/Animals 11/08/18

Save the Date for our Dog Park Meet Up!

Please visit the Sand Lake Walking Trails on Eastern Union Turnpike to get a lay of the land. The goal is to create the dog park in the flat open space just beyond the parking area.  Bring your ideas, research and enthusiasm!

What: Dog Park Meeting

Date: Monday, 11/19/2018

Location: Town Hall

Send inquiries to:  openspacessandlake@gmail. com, or call 518.495.2314.

We look forward to meeting you!

~Shannon DeCelle

The Open Spaces Team

 

North Greenbush Dog Park

Calling all North Greenbush residents interested in a town sponsored dog park!  Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo will host a community discussion about a town sponsored dog park on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm at Bloomingrove Reformed Church, 706 Bloomingrove Drive, Rensselaer. Please come if you have ideas about location, design, funding or other important features.  For more information, please contact 518-424-1884 or  msabo@nullnorthgreenbush.org.

 

Animal Armor

Join us on Monday, November 12th, 10:30am. Suitable for ages 6-10 with caregivers.

How do you protect yourself in the event of danger? Many animals of the Pine Bush Preserve have their own ways of protecting themselves from predators. Join us for a brief indoor presentation and craft followed by a short hike to look for evidence these animals may leave behind. We plan to hike approximately one-half mile.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www. AlbanyPineBush.org/events

 

Wild and Wiley Turkeys

Join us Saturday, November 10th, 11:00am. Suitable for all ages.

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to turkeys! Come discover the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush and learn about turkey sounds, flight, habitat and the bird that almost became our national symbol. We will start indoors for a brief introduction then continue outside with a 0.9-mile hike over rolling terrain to search for signs of turkey in their habitat. At the end of the program, each participant will have the chance to make a turkey call craft. Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www. AlbanyPineBush.org/events

 

 

Science Lecture Series: Deer Overabundance

The white-tailed deer is a highly adaptable, large mammal that has increased in abundance throughout the past century.  Its high reproductive rate, flexible diet and willingness to live in close proximity to people have contributed to its success, but these same characteristics lead to conflict with people and harm to forest ecosystems.  DEC is concerned about the long-term consequences for the state’s forests of high deer numbers and is developing methods to take forest condition into account in setting deer population objectives.  In conjunction with this effort, a monitoring method with a smartphone app for data collection has been developed that will help interested citizens and land managers assess forest health.  Localized strategies developed and applied at the community level are usually necessary for effective deer management in these areas.  This evening’s speaker, Sue Booth-Binczik, PhD, will detail how DEC biologists work with communities to find approaches that fit their needs.

Join us for snacks and discussion on Thurs., November 15th, at 6:30pm, the lecture will begin at 7:00pm.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events

 

Fox Trot for Adults

Join un on Sunday, November 18th, at 1:00pm. This presentation is suitable for adults. Join us for a short, inside presentation on the two species of fox that live in the Pine Bush. We will then continue outside for a hike to look for signs of them. We will walk approximately one mile over rolling terrain.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany,

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit  www. AlbanyPineBush.org/events

 

 

Owl Investigation

Join us on Sunday, November 25th, 1:00pm–2:30pm, to learn about owls. Suitable for ages 6-10, tweens, teens and adults. Curious about owls? Join us to learn about the owls that live in the Pine Bush Preserve and the signs they leave behind. We will start with a short presentation and then dissect owl pellets, a sign that owls are active in the area.

Location: Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, Albany.

Fee: Free! Reservations required for all attendees (regardless of age). Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Make reservations by calling 518-456-0655 or visit www. AlbanyPineBush.org/events

 

Horse Thieves Beware

The 170th annual meeting of the Sand Lake Association for the Mutual Protection Against Horse Thieves will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 7:00PM. All concerned horse owners interested, or just curious citizens may meet with us at the town hall. The Sand Lake Historical Society program will follow immediately at 7:30PM. Please help us keep this historic organization alive.

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