Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2015

Explore Nature, Learn About Birds, Organic Gardening,
Native Plants, Invasives & More

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Bedford Audubon is pleased to announce our 2015 FALL Bird Seed Sale!

birdseed sale
Buy your seed from us to support the birds and Bedford Audubon at the same time! Remember:
  • Orders due: Friday, October 23  Pick-up: Saturday, November 7  Delivery options now available
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Natural Landscape Design: Meadows to Woods | Larry Weaner a new 2-part course | benefitting Bedford Audubon Society

Saturday, October 17 | Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Rd., Katonah, NY Sessions at 10am & 1pm | Lunch at 12pm & guided walk at 3pm

NOFA Organic Land Care credits available | ASLA credits pending $75/session or $140 for both, 2 credit hours/session | $15 lunch

native landscaping course

This new two-part course explores how meadows, woods, and the continuum of habitat types can be replicated in gardens and natural areas of all sizes.

  • The morning session—The Sunlit Landscape—explores design, establishment, and management techniques for native meadows, old fields, and shrublands.
  • The afternoon session—The Shaded Landscape—delves into designing, establishing, and managing native woodlands, woodland edges, and hedgerows.
Each session covers key ecological concepts and design considerations, practical establishment and management techniques, as well as often overlooked aspects like self-proliferation, natural recruitment, and succession.

Larry will also lead a guided walk of Bedford Audubon’s Leon Levy Native Garden, one of his designs, at Bylane Farm, and the adjacent old field habitat of the James Ramsay Hunt & Mary Welsh Parker Sanctuary.

Register with Janelle Robbins | Limited to 30 for this intimate event | 914.232.1999

Proposed Changes to our Bylaws

To help familiarize you with the proposed revised bylaws, here is a brief summary of the most major changes.

Free Lecture on Bats in the Boroughs: The Secret Lives of New York City’s Bats

Given by Kaitlyn Parkins
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Refreshments served at 7pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm
Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah Kaitlyn Parkins

Bats are cryptic residents of New York City that most people rarely see. During this talk, Ms. Parkins will describe how this taxonomic group is studied, and what threats exist to our urban bats. She will also present the results of her four years of research on the bats that reside in New York City, including findings on how bats use green roofs for foraging in the city.

Refreshments will be served at 7 pm and the lecture will begin at 7:30 in the Garden Room. No registration is necessary. Please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint.

Kaitlyn Parkins received her M.S. in Ecology and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation Biology from Fordham University and has a B.S. from McDaniel College. She has also worked for the New York City Audubon, where she studied bird-building collisions and green roof biodiversity.

Calling All Volunteers!

Bedford Audubon Society needs a few good men and women…to volunteer! Whether your passion is gardening, trail maintenance, education, fundraising, or writing, we have an opportunity just for you. Volunteers make a wonderful contribution to our success, and we couldn't have made it this far without the time and energy of numerous individuals. If you're interested in volunteering, please call Janelle at 914-232-1999 or fill out this application

*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).

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Bedford Audubon Society's headquarters are located at:
    Bylane Farm
    35 Todd Road
    Katonah, New York 10536
and the phone number is (914) 232-1999.
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