February Environmental Education: What to Do
Embrace Winter: February Environmental Education Events with Bedford Audubon Inside + Out
Thursdays from January 10 to February 21, 1 hour before sunset, Science in Action: EagleWatch. Naturalist Tait Johansson and his team from Bedford Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon will monitor roosting Bald Eagles within the Lower Hudson Valley Important Bird Area (IBA). If you’re interested in this citizen science project please email Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914.232.1999.
Saturday, February 2, 8am-1pm, Field Trip: Explore Greenwich Point with Naturalist Tait Johansson. Brant, Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, goldeneyes, loons, and other waterbirds expected, along with interesting landbirds, and sometimes owls. Depart Bylane at 7am, or meet in the lot on the right after the gatehouse by 8am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Susan at email@example.com or at 914.302.9713.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 7:30am-9:30am, First Tuesdays Bird Walk: Dean’s Bridge, Somers. Meet at the eastern end of Dean’s Bridge Road in Somers where it dead-ends at the old bridge. Cost: Free. Level of Physical Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-302-9713.
Saturday, February 9, 9am-4pm, See Us: Eaglefest. Join us at the New Croton Dam for a day of viewing our Nation’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. We’ll also be monitoring the local waterfowl and other birds, too! No registration necessary. Snow date Sunday, February 10.
Thursday, February 21,7:30am-9:30am, Third Thursdays Bird Walk: Maple Avenue, Katonah. Join Naturalist Tait Johansson at this local hotspot at Maple Avenue on the third Thursday of every month. Cost: Free. Level of Physical Difficulty: Easy. Please register with Susan at email@example.com or 914-302-9713.
Friday, February 22-Monday, February 25, NEW DATE! Special Field Trip: Cape Ann/Plum Island Winter Birding Weekend with Tait Johansson. The coast of northeast Massachusetts is the winter home to a spectacular array of seabirds. Our masterful Naturalist will guide this special trip around the region in search of such stunners as Harlequin Duck, King Eider, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Rough-legged Hawk, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl. It’s also possible to see Dovekie, Thick-billed Murre, and Eastern and Short-eared Owls. Add these to your year (or life) list this month! Cost: $100/members, or $130/non-members and we’ll credit $30 to an annual membership; travel, lodging, and meals not included. Note: The fees for this trip help support environmental education so we can continue to deliver high-quality programs for free. Please register with Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.302.9713.
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30-6:30pm, Field Trip: Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. Join Tait on this early evening expedition to find Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls. Family friendly for children 12 years and older accompanied by an adult. Depart Bylane at 2pm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Susan at email@example.com or 914.302.9713.
Photo Credit: Photo of Bald Eagle taken at Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch, 2018 by Charlotte R. Catalano