Connect with Nature this Summer: July Environmental Education

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Connect with Nature this Summer: July Environmental Education Events with Bedford Audubon

Many adult butterflies have a life-span of one month, with the smallest living only a week or so and a few, such as Monarch, can live up to nine months!
Learn even more about these beautiful insects by joining Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm for an early summer Nature Walk to explore The Butterflies of Muscoot Farm. You’ll explore the beautiful fields and scenic trails at this historic Westchester County Park.
Sunday, July 7, 10:00am-12pm. Meet at the back of the main parking.  Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

Celebrate the beauty of birds and music through nature walks and concerts all in one weekend!
Bedford Audubon is proud to be a part of Caramoor Takes Wing! Celebrating Birdsong as Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux over three concerts and Naturalist Tait Johansson leads morning Bird Walks around the spectacular grounds and gardens of Caramoor. Former Bedford Audubon Board President J. Alan Clark will participate in a Panel Discussion with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and David Rothenberg on July 14th at 2:00pm.
Sunday, July 14, 6:00am & 8:30am Bird Walks. Cost: Bird Walks are Free with registration. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register by contacting the Caramoor Box Office at or 914-232-1252. For more information: events/caramoor-takes-wing/

Do you know your Swallows?
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for our Third Thursday’s Bird Walk where you can learn to differentiate various swallows and are likely to see lots of Cliff Swallows. According to eBird, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Tree Swallows have also been spotted this month, along with Purple Martins, a Great Blue, and Spotted Sandpiper.
Thursday, July 18, 7:30-9:30am. Meet at the dam. Cost: Free. Level of physical difficulty: Easy. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

This summer, relax by reading an “engaging, heart-warming, often funny” memoir and join our friendly Book Club discussion!
July’s Book Club selection is Wesley the Owl, The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien. From the back cover: Wesley the Owl is an “often funny story of a complex, emotional, non-human being capable of reason, play… love and loyalty.”  The book was named Audubon Magazine Editors Choice and “is sure to be cherished by animal lovers everywhere.
Monday, July 22, 6:30-8:00pm. Cost: Free. Join us for refreshments at 6:30; discussion begins at 7:00. Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Rd., Katonah. For planning purposes, please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

Do you know the difference between a moth and a butterfly?
Enroll in our Butterfly Workshop with Tait Johansson to learn this and much more! Indoor instruction will include the natural history and identification of our local butterflies followed by an outdoor butterfly walk. Bring binoculars, close-focusing ones if possible, and lunch.
Saturday, July 27, 10:00am-1:00pm. Cost: $20 for members; $45 for non-members. (Non-members will be credited with membership for the year.) Level of Difficulty: Easy. Limited to 8 people. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713 by July 24th.

Dragonfllies and Damselflies are NOT twins! Can you tell the difference?
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and Friends of Muscoot Farm for a Nature Walk focused on Dragonflies of Muscoot Farm. This is a favorite walk and there is always lots to see while wandering the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm.
Sunday, July 28, 10:00am-12pm. Meet at the back of the main parking lot. Level of difficulty: Easy. Cost: Free. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

Photo Credit: Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Holly-Ellerbusch


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