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Gardening and nature: Deer, birds and bonsai

Gardening and nature: Deer, birds and bonsai

A roundup of gardening and nature events.

Pine Bush plans outings to view turkeys and deer

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

-- The First Friday hike theme is “Wild Turkeys,” which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Participants will learn about the life of wild turkeys in the Pine Bush. Explore turkey sounds and flight and look for signs of turkeys in their habitat. Dress for the weather.

The program is free but registration is required.

-- “Oh Deer” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This program on the white tail deer in the Pine Bush will start inside with a short introduction to deer anatomy and behavior and continue outside with a one-mile hike looking for signs of deer in their habitat. Dress for the weather.

The fee is $3 per person and $5 per family, unless otherwise noted. Children under age 5 are free. Registration is required. Call 456-0655 to sign up or visit and click on “Events Calendar.”

Nature walk ideal for photographers

GANSEVOORT — Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, will offer a “Photography Walk” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Meet at the Fox Trailhead Parcel on Route 50 (across from the Saratoga Sandplains Wildlife Management Area sign).

Participants will take a stroll through many habitats and are encouraged to bring a camera to capture images of the area. Submissions for the park’s photography show are also welcome.

Registration is required. Call 450-0321 to register or go to

Bonsai club to host Sunday workshop

WEST CHARLTON — The PFM Bonsai Club, 7 Western Ave., will hold a “Pine Immersion Workshop” with bonsai expert Martin Schmalenberg from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Schmalenberg will begin with a lesson on pines and will offer assistance as participants work on their own pines. Pines may be purchased at the nursery. Bring tools, wire and your lunch.

The cost is $90. To register e-mail: or call 882-1039 for more information.

Vischer Ferry birds focus of meeting

COLONIE — The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club will sponsor the program “The Birds of Vischer Ferry Preserve” at 7 p.m. Monday at the William K. Sanford Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road.

The program will include a Power Point presentation on the history, birds, and habitat of the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve.

The focus will be on rare or endangered species as well as common birds. Some of the featured birds will include wood stork, king eider, tricolored heron, American bittern, least bittern, great horned owl, American woodcock, pileated woodpecker and rusty blackbird.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

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