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Eagles, fishers among subjects of nature outings

Eagles, fishers among subjects of nature outings

Eagles, fishers are among subjects of nature outings in the week ahead.

Moreau Lake Park to conduct eagle survey

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

-- A Baker Trail hike will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today. This moderate hike (with some steep sections) will take participants up to the Palmertown Mountain Range and will be led by a naturalist.

-- A wetland hike is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The park naturalist will lead this hike around a small wetland. Participants will look for wild animals on this easy hike.

-- An eagle survey is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Moreau Lake State Park is home to wintering bald eagles. Grab a pair of binoculars and join park staff on their weekly bald eagle survey to monitor their population and health.

-- A Mud Pond hike will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday. Participants will hike along the nature trail and around Mud Pond. A naturalist will point out some of the wetland birds, wildlife and plants native to the park.

-- A Turkey Trail hike is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. This moderate hike scales half-way up the Palmertown Mountain Range and will be led by a naturalist.

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.

Garden club plans holiday gathering

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa House and Garden Club will hold its annual holiday gathering at noon on Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 23 Pleasant St.

Members should each bring a covered dish to share and nonperishable food items to donate to the local food pantry.

Pine Bush to hold program on fishers

ALBANY — The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, has scheduled the program “Feisty Fishers” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The program will start inside with a short talk about the history and biology of the fisher followed by a walk outside to look for signs of the fisher. 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 www.albanypinebush.org and click on “Events Calendar.”

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