Pre-order birdseed for pickup and chili party

The Putnam Highlands Audubon Society will be at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Fahnestock State Park Saturday, Jan. 10, to distribute pre-ordered birdseed from their 23rd Annual Winter Bird Seed Sale, hold a winter chili party and present a talk on rattlesnakes in the Hudson Highlands.

From 9 a.m. to noon, those who have pre-ordered birdseed from the PHAS will be able to pick it up at TOEC. Some seed will be available for sale on the day of the event. See below for order information.

At noon, Ed McGowan, director of the Bear Mountain Trailside Nature Museum, will talk about rattlesnakes, the secretive and misunderstood reptiles that make the park their home.

The Winter Chili Party will take place at 1 p.m., with a lunch of Chef Mike’s Famous Chili — beef and vegetarian, dessert, apple cider and conversation.

To cover the cost of the presentation and food, the suggested donation is $15. All proceeds support PHAS programs.

To order birdseed or make reservations for the chili party, or for more information on the programs, contact Paul Kuznia at TOEC at 845-265-3773 or [email protected].

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