February 14: 8:30 AM- 11:00 AM
Community Choice Aggregation Workshop: Taking Control of Your Energy Future
Local government officials and community leaders will meet with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities team for a free workshop to learn about Community Choice Aggregation. CCA allows participating local governments to procure energy supply service and distributed energy resources (DER) for eligible energy customers in the community. Eligible customers will have the opportunity to have more control to lower their overall energy costs, spur clean energy innovation and investment, improve customer choice and value, and protect the environment, thereby fulfilling an important public purpose. Also the workshop will review the support that is available through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Coordinators. Many communities are moving toward greater levels of sustainability with guidance and resources through the Clean Energy Communities Program. Come learn how your community can benefit! For questions, contact or 845.331.2238. Register here:

February 15: 7:00 PM
Community meeting: Saw Kill Watershed Community 
The Saw Kill Watershed Community, a local volunteer organization formed to unite members of Milan, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Annandale-on-Hudson who are interested in the protection and management of the Saw Kill and its watershed, will hold its monthly community information meeting On February 15. The meeting will feature a discussion of micro hydropower on the Saw Kill. Is this renewable energy source a viable alternative to removing dams? Learn more about the pros and cons from the Bard MicroHydropower NYSERDA grant team. For more information, contact Tom O’Dowd at or 845-752-4852; Location: The historic Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broaday, Red Hook.

February 16: 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Rensselaer Land Trust - Community Conversations on Special Places in Rensselaer County
What do you love about living in Rensselaer County? The Rensselaer Land Trust wants to hear from you what places in Rensselaer County are important to you, and why. The Land Trust has received funding to develop a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County that will identify the most important places to preserve for future generations. We are holding four Community Values Meetings around the County to gather local input from communities and residents on lands they value for recreation, scenic views, natural resources, wildlife, and quality of life. Landowners, business owners, hikers, cyclists, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, realtors, and anyone interested in the future of Rensselaer County's landscapes and resources are encouraged to attend. Come to one of the meetings to make sure your values help guide the Conservation Plan. Location: HAYC3 Armory, 80 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, NY.

February 17 - February 20
Bedford Audubon Special Field Trip: Cape Ann & Newburyport in Winter 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. We've negotiated a group rate at a hotel in Amesbury, for $89.10/night + taxes, hot breakfast 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 Janelle at or 914.232.1999.

February 18: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Community Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count at Bylane Farm with Bedford Audubon President and Professor of Biology, Dr. Alan Clark
Make your bird observations count! Learn how to identified common feeder and yard birds and enter your data for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Monday, February 20. Coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts will be served. Family friendly, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.

February 18: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Hike and Hops
Orange County Land Trust and Pennings Farm present Hike & Hops, a winter hike paired with local craft brews at Pennings Farm. This guided 1.75 mile round-trip hike up to Fuller Mountain Preserve's overlook will provide spectacular views of the Warwick Valley, the Shawangunk Ridge, and the Catskill Mountains. At the conclusion of the hike, participants will take a minute's drive to the Pub & Grill at Pennings Farm to socialize over rewarding beverages and a hearty lunch. Hike is moderate with some steep sections. Dressing in warm layers is recommended. Please bring water. There is no cost for the outing and post-hike refreshments at Pennings are not included. A rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday on February 25. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, e-mail or call 845-534-3690, ext. 18. Location: The Land Trust's 255-acre Fuller Mountain Preserve is located at 70 Bowen Road, Warwick, NY.

February 18: 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Landscape Paint 'n' Sip
Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum the Museum's first "Paint 'n' Sip" event in the ballroom overlooking the beautiful. This will be a fun afternoon to relax, laugh, and learn with renowned local artist John Gioia. Class includes wine, cheese, painting instruction, and all you need to create your own masterpiece. Pre-register online at or call 845.534.5506 x204. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Admission: Members: $50 Adults - Not-yet-members: $60. Location: Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY.

February 18: 1:00 PM
Winter Tree Identification Workshop and Walk
Cary Institute Wildlife Biologist Mike Fargione will lead a tree identification workshop and walk.Wise forest stewardship requires that landowners familiarize themselves with the woody plants found on their property. Participants will learn to recognize native and invasive trees and shrubs by their shape, bark patterns, twigs, fruits, and seeds. They will also gain experience using identification keys. There will be an indoor workshop followed by a walk. Wear boots and appropriate clothing and bring a hand lens or magnifying glass if you have one. Free. Register online at or call 677-7600 x121. Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY.

February 19: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Owl Prowl
Learn about the species of owls that are native to our region and their incredible adaptations at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Then head out into the woods to search for these birds of the night. Learn which owl sounds like a horse and which one is concerned with culinary delights. In the past, this popular program has attracted Eastern Screech Owls and Barred Owls! Pre-paid registration required. No walk-ins will be admitted. Admission:Members: $8 Adults & Children 7 - 17. Not-yet-Members: $12 Adults & Children 7 - 17. For information and to register, visit the museum's website at or call845.534.5506 x204. Location: Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY.

February 20: 10:00 AM
Rensselaer Land Trust - Snowshoe Class at Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve
A Snowshoe Class will be offered at the Land Trust's Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in East Nassau. Fee: $10 per person. Participants need to bring their own snowshoes. Class led by Adirondack Guide Fred McCagg. Students will gain confidence with their snowshoes and learn the best snowshoeing techniquesat one Rensselaer County's newly beloved public nature preserves--85-acre "working forest" with one-half mile of shoreline along the Kinderhook Creek and five miles of trails. The trails seem to extend everywhere-along stone walls and ridges; through tall, majestic pines; down hemlock-covered slopes to the Kinderhook Creek and up to the view on the oak-covered ridge; and then back to meet other trails. Wildlife is abundant! Space is limited, so register early either on-line at or by contacting Peter Wood at 518.378.1361. Location: Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve.


February 26: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Why did the Salamander cross the road?
Laura Heady,from the the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program will present this talk as part of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance's winter lecture series. Location: 133 Farmer's Turnpike, Gardiner, NY 12525.

February 28: 7:30 PM
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Lecture: What is a GMO?
Join the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum at the for a special evening speaking engagement about Genetically Modified Organisms. Learn the basics of the science that goes into genetically modified foods, also known as transgenic goods, and how they differ from traditional breeding programs. Discuss foods that can be genetically modified with high rates of applications.
The goal of this non-biased program is to help consumers gain resources on how to continue their personal education and/or advocate for themselves. Led by Maire Ullrich, Orange County resident and Agriculture Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Admission: Museum Members: $6 - Not-yet-members: $8. For information visit the museum's website at or call 845.534.5506 x204. Location: Cornwall Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.

Throughout February - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Wildlife Education Center Hours and Exhibits
Enjoy the brand new "Birds on the Wing" exhibit (made possible in part by The Dorr Foundation) and the Hall of Live Animals. On the Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm and 2:30 pm, join a Museum Educator to "Meet the Animal" of the week! Museum admission: $3 for not-yet-members. Museum members are free. For information, visit the museum's website at or call 845.534.5506 x204. Location: Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.

March 1: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Field Trip: Edith Read Sanctuary & Marshlands Conservancy in Rye with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Just in time for displaying waterfowl and early returning migrants, we'll also be on the search for Fox Sparrow and perhaps Great Horned Owl. Depart Bylane at 7:15 am or meet at the boathouse on Playland Lake at 8 am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.

March 14-17
2017 Water Quality Symposium / NYS CDEA Annual Training Session
The partnership between the Conservation District Employees' Association, Inc. and the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee makes this Symposium possible. It takes the cooperation and dedication of many people to make an event of this scale successful. Each year the Symposium provides an excellent and affordable forum to share ideas and skills to advance natural resource protection across the State. Education and training efforts remain a high priority for all parties involved and locating alternative resources for future symposiums is an ongoing and challenging process. Partnerships that mix consistent funding with people capable of sharing technical know-how are essential to continue an event as unique as the Water Quality Symposium. Registration forms will be accepted electronically for 2017, however, payments must still be mailed. Registrations are due no later than February 10, 2017. Click on or copy and paste the following link to fill out your registration form.

March 16: 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Book talk, panel discussion and book signing event with Jonathan Rose
Jonathan F. P. Rose, the noted urban planner, developer and a leading thinker on the integration of environmental, social and economic solutions facing cities, will be the keynote speaker at a book talk, panel discussion and book signing event for his new book, The Well-Tempered City - What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life. This program will be held at the SUNY-Orange campus in Newburgh at the Great Room conference room in Kaplan Hall overlooking the Hudson River. This event is being sponsored by the Orange County Citizens Foundation and co-sponsored by the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and the Hudson River Watershed Alliance. Oblong Books and Music is our partner for advance sales and they will be selling books at the event, which will include a panel discussion on urban revitalization and sustainability with local thought leaders followed by a reception and book signing. Jonathan Rose leads the Jonathan Rose Companies and he has received awards for the firm's urban planning, investment and development work from the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and with his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose, he is the cofounder of the Garrison Institute and the creator of its Climate Mind and Behavior program. Registration information will be posted on at the websites of the Orange County Citizens Foundation and Oblong Books and Music soon. For more information, contact Simon Gruber at or 845-534-5622.

April 1: 10 AM - 12 PM
Rensselaer Land Trust - Stream Team Training
Rensselaer Land Trust needs Volunteers to join Rensselaer Land Trust's Citizen Science Group to sample streams in Rensselaer County for the presence of bacteria. No need to register but please arrive on time. Questions? Call Fran Martino at 518-766-0010 or send e-mail to Information and Training Session to be held at The Sanctuary for Independent Media 3361 6th Avenue, North Troy, NY.

April 13
Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge
Dr. Peter Gleick will serve as Featured Keynote Speaker, hosted by Pace University. The summit will include keynote speeches and panel discussions on global, national and local water issues ranging from transboundary conflicts, to local water scarcity, to watershed management. For more details and to register, visit

April 27
Save the Date!
Hudson River on the Rise: Waterfront Planning for Communities and Nature
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, NY. Sponsored by NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve, NYS DOS Coastal Program, Scenic Hudson, NEIWPCC, and Cornell University.

June 17-18, 2017
Clearwater Revival
The Great Hudson River Revival returns! The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017 along the banks of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. To purchase your Revival tickets, please visit the festival website at, or call (877) 435-9849.

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