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May 17: 6:30 PM
Harlem Creek Walking Tour
Join urban explorer Steve Duncan in finding Harlem Creek's buried path through Central Park to the Harlem Muir as Steve explains how the waterway functions today. Manhattan Island was once covered by streams and marshes before it became paved over with concrete and asphalt. Once voluminous, Harlem Creek is now a hidden watercourse that makes its presence known only if you know where to look for it. After seeing it, you may never walk the city's streets again without wondering what lies beneath. On the walk, you can peer into ventilation holes, tunnels and manhole covers to glimpse the Creek's meandering underground waterways. Eventually the Creek is routed to the Wards Island Sewage Plant, unnecessarily adding to the water volume that causes combined sewage overflows (CSOs) during rain storms. Harlem Creek's past may hold secrets vital to New York City's sustainable development as the daylighting and rerouting of underground waters become solutions central to the City's resilient future. For details, click here

May 17: 5 PM - 8 PM
Hudson Valley Green Drinks
Bard College Farm...in the Barn located behind New Robbins Hall, 43 Robbins Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, 12504. This month, join the Bard Graduate Program in Sustainability Community at the Bard Farm Barn to learn about the work of the students in Bard's Center for Environmental Policy and MBA in Sustainability Program. They'll also have representatives from the various sustainability initiatives taking place on campus, including food, infrastructure and the NYSERDA-funded microhydro project. If you and/or your organization seeks local interns and job candidates, networking with our business and policy students is a great place to start. Beer from Sloop Brewing Co. will be provided. Please remember to bring your ID to verify you are able to purchase alcohol and $5. There is no admission fee (and walk-ins are most welcome), but if you can join us, please RSVP here

May 17: 7 PM
Saw Kill Watershed Community Meeting
Location at the Elmendorph Inn. Among other updates we will have two seniors presenting Saw Kill-related research: Marco Spodek on Nitrate Loading in the Saw Kill Watershed: Small watershed nutrient dynamics, answering a community question, and assessing methodological approaches; and Kyle Feldman on Water security in the Village of Red Hook, New York: Monitoring Groundwater and Surface Water Sources for Potential Indications of Contamination. There will also be a near wrap-up of the glass eel monitoring project and other projects.

May 18: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Nature Walk: Migration Madness on the North County Trailway with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Bird before work! Tait at this local hotspot in search of spring warblers and other newly arrived songbirds. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of the Trailway and Route 118 in Yorktown, ½ mile west of the intersection of Routes 118 & 100. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 20: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Field Trip: Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Doodletown Road is known as one of the best places in our area to find Hooded and Cerulean Warblers as well as being a fine spot for many other songbirds. Join Tait in a search for these feathered gems! Enjoy the walk up the rugged trail past the ruins of a "lost civilization." Depart Bylane Farm at 6:15am. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 20: 10 AM
Streamside Tree Planting - Crystal Lake in the City of Newburgh
Trees for Tribs is teaming up with the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance and the City of Newburgh to plant native trees along Crystal Lake. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Ted Kohlmann by email kohlmanntllt@aol.com.

May 20: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Native Plant Sale
Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, for this annual event. Get advice from experienced gardeners, and purchase native plants to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. For more information and a list of plants visit hhnm.org.

May 20: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cornwall Community Day of Play
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is celebrating our community by offering free admission for Cornwall residents to the Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Grasshopper Grove at the Outdoor Discovery Center, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall! Meet live wild animals at the Wildlife Education and romp in Grasshopper Grove, the Hudson Valley's first Nature Play area. For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

May 21: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Nature Walk: Explore Muscoot Farm with Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm.
Join Tait for a spring bird walk on the beautiful grounds of this county-owned property. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 21: 10 AM
Bronx River Bike Tour
Come be awed by the Bronx River's beauty: bike with NYC H2O's Matt Malina to tour the river from Williamsbridge Oval to its source in Valhalla! The Bronx River is NYC's only fresh water river that is still above ground. It was considered as a source for NYC's drinking water in the 1830's but was labelled "an open sewer" by the end of that century. The river has made a comeback since the days of reckless dumping and now supports many forms of aquatic life like Alewife Herring and even a beaver named "Jose." The ride is 17 miles long and will take 3 hours. 7 miles of the tour will be on the Bronx River Parkway which is open to bikes for Bicycle Sundays. For more information, click here

May 23: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
State of the Estuary: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Registration is now open - Click here for more information. State of the Estuary is a day-long conference sponsored by the Hudson River Estuary Program and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of both programs. The conference also recognizes the 35th anniversary of the Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve. Please join us for a full day discussion of how far we have come and the challenges and opportunities that await us in the future. The conference and celebration will take place on May 23, 8:30 - 3:00 p.m., at Vanderbilt Hall, New York University School of Law, 400 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012.

May 23: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Nature Walk: Migration Madness on Maple Avenue in Katonah with Naturalist Tait Johansson. Join us at this local hotspot in search of spring warblers and other newly arrived songbirds, and breeders like Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Indigo Bunting. Meet at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Reservoir Road (right at the dam). Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 24: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Garden Tour: Connecticut College Arboretum in New London. This is an all-day trip, because it's a long drive with lots to see. The Arboretum, begun almost a century ago, features a Wildflower Garden and a Native Plant area, which should be in full bloom when we visit. Afterward we'll take a picnic to Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. The Park includes a large formal garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, right next to the ocean, as well as coastal marsh walks. Level of physical difficulty: Easy to moderate. Depart Bylane Farm at 8am. Program fee: $10, tour: $10, please bring cash. Bring a picnic lunch. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 25: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Birding Hotspot: Burden Preserve in Mount Kisco with Naturalist Tait Johansson. Join us as we explore this 124-acre sanctuary's swamps, woods, and shrublands for breeders and perhaps some later migrants. Meet at the parking lot on Sheather Road. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 27: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Story Walk Opening Day
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library and The Grail, invites you to Story Walk 2016 at the Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. The Story Walk allows families to read their way along the Meadow trail with beautiful illustrations and nature references At 1:00 and 2:30 meet one of the animals from the book and at 1:30pm and 3pm, take a guided walk along Story Walk Trail. Crafts and snacks for the kids throughout the afternoon. Story Walk included with regular admission of $3 for ages 3 and up, Members: Free

May 27-28
Creature Feature Weekend: Rascally Rabbits
Visitors to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson will learn all about rabbits and their special attributes during the "Meet the Animal" Program at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Meet a rabbit from the Museum's collection! For adults and families with children ages 3 and up. Program included in Wildlife Education Center admission. For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845.534.5506 ext.204.

May 30: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Birding Hotspot: Wonder Lake State Park in Patterson, New York with Naturalist Tait Johansson. Meet up with Tait and other birders in search of breeding birds, including Hooded Warbler, at this wooded park. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous. Meet at Bylane Farm to carpool at 7:15am or at the parking area at 380 Ludingtonville Road in Holmes. Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

May 30: 7 PM
Science on Tap
The 2017 Great American Eclipse, with speaker Dr. Valarie Rapson
Location: The Albany Pump Station. On August 21, 2017 everyone in the United States will experience a solar eclipse. What exactly is a solar eclipse? What will you see? How can you view it without burning your retinas? All your questions about the eclipse answered by Dr. Valarie Rapson, Outreach Astronomer at the Dudley Observatory at miSci.

May: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hiking Trails and Visitor's Center Each hiking trail
Located at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. is an adventure and a search on trails that range from casual to challenging. Learn about nature in a fun interactive way! Stop by the visitor's nature gift shop! For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

May: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grasshopper Grove: Gateway to Nature Play.
Visit the first nature play area in the Hudson Valley at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. Admission Museum Members are free.. Not-yet-Members $3. For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204. Special Nature Play Event: Bug Detectives - Sunday, May 21 from 10am - 12pm included in regular admission

May: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wildlife Education Center Hours and Exhibits At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. "Birds on the Wing" Exhibit (This exhibit made possible in part by The Dorr Foundation and Orange & Rockland Utilities) and the Hall of Live Animals. On the weekends at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. join a Museum Educator to "Meet the Animal" of the week! Admission: Museum Members are free. Not-yet-Members $3. For information visit the museum's website at hhnm.org or call 845.534.5506 ext. 204.

June 1: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
First Thursday Gallery Hop
Please join us for this monthly event starting Thursday, June 1st, 5:30 to 7:30PM. Every first Thursday of the month, view contemporary art from emerging and established artists as you tour multiple galleries in the downtown. Engage with artists about their work while enjoying wine and cheese receptions and live performances. Galleries Participating include: Bluedoor Art Gallery, Pc4 and YOHO artists, Philipse Manor Hall Gallery, and Riverfront Art Gallery at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Presented by the Yonkers Gallery Group and sponsored by Groundwork Hudson Valley.

June 2: 2 - 3 PM
Yonkers History and the Wildlife Mysteries
Learn about the city's history and about the wildlife that lives within the Yonkers Daylighted Parks. Listen to Groundwork's Urban Rangers as they teach you about the secret migration of the American eel as it returns to spawn in Yonkers each Spring. Program begins at the Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers Market at Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave, Yonkers NY 10701 from 2:00-3:00PM every Friday, June 2nd through October 27th. For more information contact Roger at Roger@groundworkhv.org

June 3: 9 AM and 1 PM
Streamside Tree Planting - Two streamside sites in the Town of Haverstraw and the Village of West Haverstraw
Trees for Tribs is teaming up with the Rockland Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Village of West Haverstraw, the Town of Haverstraw and Local Boy Scouts to plant native trees at two sites along the Minisceongo Creek and the Cedar Point Brook. If you are interested in volunteering for these events, please contact Jennifer Zunino at jmz75@cornell.edu

June 4: 10 AM - 1 PM
Streamside Tree Planting - Wallkill River in the Town of Montgomery
Trees for Tribs and the Town of Montgomery CAC are teaming up to plant native trees and shrubs along the Wallkill River at the Benedict Park Farm. Volunteers are needed for this event! If you are interested in volunteering for these events or would like more event details, please contact Patricia Henighan by email at patriciahenighan@frontier.com

June 4: 12 PM - 4 PM
World Ocean Festival
NY Harbor and Gantry State Park (NYC to Brooklyn). The World Ocean Festival is a public event hosted by the City of New York and organized by GLOBAL BRAIN FOUNDATION to raise peoples' voices for the preservation and sustainable use of our oceans. Click here for more information

June 5: 7 PM - 9 PM
Newburgh water crisis: Community meeting
Christ Lutheran Church, 186 Fullerton Ave, Newburgh, NY. This church is located at the corner of South and Fullerton, across from Newburgh Free Academy (NFA). Click here for more information

June 15: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Pollinator Garden in the Park: A Talk under the Tent, at Girl Scout Park, Third Avenue, Westwood, (rain venue - Westwood Library downstairs meeting room).
An outdoor talk by author/Landscape Architect Carolyn Summers presented under a tent, within sight of the two small but colorful native plant gardens that we installed along the Musquapsink Brook in springs 2015/16. Learn how you can make your own eco-friendly garden.

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 ClearwaterFestival.org, or call (877) 435-9849.

Save the Date!
November 6, 2017
Nature Across Boundaries: What Can We Do to Keep Lands and Waters Connected?
Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz. Local leaders, landowners, and land managers can join proactively to preserve and restore connections in nature (connectivity) by working across municipal borders and property lines. This day-long conference will explore the importance of ecological connectivity, highlight case studies from New York, and engage participants in discussing the barriers and opportunities for preserving landscape connections in the Hudson Valley. Sponsored by Mohonk Consultations in partnership with the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information, contact mohonkconsultations@hvi.net or visit www.mohonk-consultations.org for conference updates.

Save the Date!
November 14, 2017
Hudson River Watershed Alliance - Annual Watershed Conference
Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Home, Hyde Park, NY. Please contact Maureen Cunningham at mcunningham@hudsonwatershed.org for sponsorship opportunities and check back over the summer at www.hudsonwatershed.org for conference updates.

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