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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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In this file photo from 2011, Deirdre Dalton checks out the colors from the overlook in Thacher Park, a great spot for viewing the brilliant fall foliage.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
In this file photo from 2011, Deirdre Dalton checks out the colors from the overlook in Thacher Park, a great spot for viewing the brilliant fall foliage.

Fall walk planned Wednesday at Spa State Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, will hold an autumn nature walk at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants will learn about trees, fungi, and invasive species on this easy one mile hike on relatively flat terrain. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Open to all ages.

Registration is required. The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family. Call 584-2000 ext. 116 to register.

Several hikes slated at Moreau Lake park

GANSEVOORT -- Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, will offer the following programs:

* Turkey Trail hike (A.L.L.) will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This naturalist-led moderate hike will take participants halfway up the Palmertown range.

* Red Oak Ridge hike will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This moderate hike along the Red Oak Ridge will take participants along some beautiful views and forests.

* The Hawk Road hike is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Join the park educator on a beautiful hike overlooking the Hudson River. This trail is new to the park.

Reservations are required for all the programs.

The fee for each program is $2 for adults and children and $1 for seniors. For additional information and to register, call 793-0511.

' Cunning Coyotes' at Discovery Center

ALBANY -- The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, has scheduled the following programs:

* George Robinson, associate professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University at Albany will present a lecture on "The Biodiversity Significance of State Parks" at 7 p.m. Thursday, as part of the Science Lecture Series.

This program is free, but registration is required.

* " Cunning Coyotes" will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The program will start inside with a short presentation on the history and biology of the eastern coyote and continue outside on a walk as participants listen for the howls of one of the most elusive animals in the pine bush. Dress for the weather.

* A fall scavenger hunt hike is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will try to complete a fall scavenger hunt on this 1.5-mile hike. Dress for the weather.

The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family. Children under age 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 456-0655 to sign up or visit www.albanypinebush.org and click on "Events Calendar."

Program on making nature journals set

GANSEVOORT -- Participants will make nature journals at 4 p.m. Friday at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road.

Recycled paper, hard covers and twine will be provided to make nature journals that can be used to record memories on a short hike through the woods.

Meet by the Visitors Information Cabin at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga.

Registration is required. Call 450-0321 to register or go to info@wiltonpreserve.org.

Family hike planned at Thacher Center

VOORHEESVILLE -- Emma T. Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, has planned a family hiking adventure at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will explore the northern "wilder" section of the park, hike through hemlock forests, past sinkholes and over rocky mini-cliffs on this 2.75 mile hike. There will be a stop for lunch at High Point.

This program is appropriate for families with school-aged children who can walk on their own. Dress for the weather and bring a bagged lunch and water.

Call 872-0800 to register and for meeting place information.

Pine Bush hike slated on Saturday

ALBANY -- Save the Pine Bush will hold its October hike on Saturday.

Participants should meet at 9:10 a.m. at Stop 5, Columbia Circle, on the new CDTA Route 612.

John Wolcott will lead the hike through the southeastern quarter of the Pine Bush, just southwest of Avila House off Washington Avenue extension.

This event is free. For more information, call 465-8930.

Snakes, turtles focus of program

DELMAR -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, will offer the following two programs on Saturday:

* An indoor program on the ecology of snakes and turtles will be held at 10 a.m. in celebration of Reptile Awareness Day.

Local herpetologist, Dee Strnisa will provide show-and-tell introductions to common reptiles, with many live specimens available for close-up inspection. The natural history, ecological importance and conservation status of various reptile species will also be discussed.

* A program on bird-feeding etiquette will take place at 2 p.m.

At this indoor clinic, center staff will provide an in-depth overview of the best things to feed birds, the best months to do so, how to present seed, how to minimize health and safety issues such as disease and vermin, and how to deal with predators and unwanted freeloaders.

Both programs are free. For more information, call 475-0291 or go to www.dec.ny.gov.

 
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