Fall For Nature: November Programs

by Nov 4, 2022News0 comments

The days are getting shorter but our program list is long!

November 2022 Programs

Last call to check out Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch! Lead Counter Rich Aracil and Interpreter Adam Bradley, and of course Tait Johansson are still at it – but not for much longer! So far this season, 16,540 raptors have been observed, including 6,880 Broad-winged Hawks! More Hawkwatch data here>>

Hawkwatch takes place daily through November 25, 9:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting). Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (due to the uphill walk up to the viewing platform). The Arthur Butler Sanctuary is located at 265 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco. Look for the Hawkwatch sign to enter the trail to the platform.

Jump into November by connecting with nature – and your friends at Bedford Audubon!
Join naturalist Tait Johansson for an exploration explore water, wetland, grassland, and woodland areas at his First Wednesday’s Bird Walk at Dean’s Bridge in Somers. In the last couple of weeks, species recorded on eBird include Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Purple Finch, and various warblers. What will you see this month?
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30-9:30am. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org.

Want to come on a field trip to a 500+ acre site that is part of the Lower Hudson River Important Bird Area (IBA)?
Don’t miss Naturalist Tait Johansson’s Field Trip to Croton Point Park which is located on the east shore of the Hudson River in Westchester County. A capped landfill, which is now a meadow, provides habitat for lots of bird species. We’ll be on the lookout for American Pipit, Horned Lark, Savannah Sparrow, harrier & kestrel, and White-crowned Sparrow.  There’s also the possibility of seeing Vesper Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, and many others.
Saturday, November 5, 8:00am-noon. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org.

What’s that on my tree trunk, and is it good or bad?
Find out the answer more at our Monthly Lecture: Arboreal Animalcules, Mosses, Lichens, and Mushrooms (aka Trees and their Frenemies) presented by Taro Ietaka. Learn about the community of organisms that grow on trees in our area, from lichens to liverworts to tardigrades. Which are friends of trees? Which are enemies? And do some play both roles?

Taro Ietaka is the supervisor of Mountain Lakes Park for the County of Westchester, a professional naturalist, certified arborist, and past president of the Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association.

Wednesday, November 9. The lecture begins at 7:00pm, but please join us for refreshments at 6:45pm. Cost: Free (thanks to the generosity of our members and donors). Registration is not needed.

Can we talk?
Join our Bylane Book Club discussion of Becoming Wild – How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina. This book was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Christian Science Monitor. From The Wall Street Journal: “Fascinating . . . [Becoming Wild] gives the reader a sense of being near these creatures and experiencing some of the most seductive environments on Earth. . . . Safina’s prose achieves the elusive goal of being both informative and luminously evocative.”
Monday, November 14, 7:00pm. Cost: Free. Email info@bedfordaudubon.org to register for this in-person discussion that will take place at Bylane Farm. Sips ‘n snacks will be served.

Whether you’re an experienced birder or newbie – this walk’s for you!
Get out for a pre-Thanksgiving walk with Tait on his popular Third Thursday’s Bird Walk. This friendly walk is a great way to start the day, and you never know what we’ll see. Need binoculars? Let us know when you register.
Thursday, November 17, 7:30-9:30am. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org.

The best way to learn is by doing…
Work off that turkey! Join Naturalist & Properties Committee Chair Steve Ricker for a Habitat Renewal Day at which you’ll learn about invasive plants including identification and their negative effect on the ecosystem. At the same time, you’ll be working to remove the invasives in our sanctuary and gardens. In some sessions, we will be replanting native plants. This is a great and fun way to get some exercise, fresh air, and contribute to the communities’ wild animals and plants. Tools and gloves will be provided, or you can bring your own. (Loppers and hand pruners are the most used tools). Plants with thorns will be present.
Saturday, November 26, 11:00am-12:30pm. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org.

Photo Credit: Swamp Sparrow. Croton Point Park 2021/Susan Fisher


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