Four nature programs feature Hudson Highlands fauna
The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum (HHNM) will together present a series of four nature programs to be held on Sundays, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9 in Cold Spring, thus bringing the Nature Museum’s expertise to the east side of the Hudson.
Majestic Monarchs, Sept. 16
The series begins with a look at Majestic Monarchs. After a short presentation, participants will search for monarch butterflies and caterpillars and learn how to plant a patch of their favorite food. Because of the monarch’s nature, heavy rain will cancel this event. Call 845-534-5506 and listen for message should the weather be iffy.
Owls, Oct. 14
Families will meet a live owl from the HHNM’s collection. A Museum Environmental educator will talk about these nocturnal raptors and their fascinating natural history.
Squirrels, Nov. 11
Families will learn about squirrels — those nuts of the forest — and their amazing adaptations, then take a guided short hike in search of their habitats. Participants will make a simple squirrel feeder to take home.
Bear Necessities, Dec. 2
Bear encounters are becoming a more common occurrence. This program will inform families about the habits of the region’s largest mammal, just as native black bears prepare for a long, quiet winter in hibernation.
The HHLT is dedicated to protecting the natural resources, scenic beauty, and rural character of the Hudson Highlands through land conservation and advocacy. Through its educational outreach, the Land Trust hopes to instill the importance of stewardship and natural resources protection in area residents of all ages. For more information, visit hhlt.org or call 845-424-3358.
The mission of the HHNM is to create responsible caretakers of our environment. Through quality educational programs for the public that focus on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands, the Museum promotes knowledge and appreciation of our natural world and the dynamic role of human interaction in its well-being.
Programs are recommended for adults with or without children, and for children ages 5 and up. Admission fees of $7 for adults/$5 children (less for HHNM members). All programs support the care of the museum’s animals at the Wildlife Education Center in Cornwall. For more information, visit hhnaturemuseum.org or call 845-534-5506.