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Several snowshoe hikes scheduled

Several snowshoe hikes scheduled

Snowshoe hikes among nature and garden events planned this week.

Snowshoe hikes, eagle watch set at Moreau park

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

-- A Turkey Trail snowshoe hike will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. This moderate hike scales halfway up the Palmertown mountain range and will be led by a naturalist.

-- A Moreau Lake snowshoe hike will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. This easy hike will take participants around Moreau Lake on the Nature Trail where a naturalist will point out signs of wildlife.

-- An eagle watch is planned from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson 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.

-- An easy snowshoe hike will take place at Potter’s Point from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

Participants will examine the coves as well as the flora and fauna and keep an eye out for signs of otters, beaver and other wildlife associated with wet habitat.

-- A beginner snowshoe program is planned from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. This easy snowshoe trip is open to all skill levels and will be led by the park educator. Participants will learn the basics of walking with snowshoes, as well as the history of the sport.

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.

Nature winter walk at Wilton preserve

WILTON — Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Road, will offer the following programs:

-- A “Nature in Winter” snowshoe walk will be offered twice: at 1 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Camp Saratoga.

Participants will learn how plants and animals adapt during winter. Snowshoes will be available at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga. Free for members and $3 per pair for nonmembers.

-- “Conservation Conversations” will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at 80 Scout Road (office).

Chris Zimmerman, conservation ecologist from the Nature Conservancy of Northeast New York, will share his insights into the challenges of dealing with the invasive species that threaten the Karner blue butterfly’s habitat.

Preregistration is required by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Reservations are required for all park programs. Call 450-0321 to register or go to info@wiltonpreserve.org.

Discovery Center has snowshoe hike

ALBANY — The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Road, has planned a “Snowshoe Adventure” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Participants will take a one-mile hike on snowshoes to explore the frozen landscape of the Pine Barrens and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Snowshoes will be provided.

Participants will hike without snowshoes if there is no snow on the ground.

The fee for each program 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.”

2 programs slated for bonsai group

WEST CHARLTON — The PFM Bonsai Club, 7 Western Ave., has scheduled the following two programs:

-- Shohin and Mame bonsai will be held from 10 a.m. until finished on Saturday. Bring your lunch and tools. The cost is $40 plus materials.

-- There are still a few openings in the Martin Schmalenberg study group that meets once a month.

The first session will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19-20.

The fee is $100 per person for the weekend. Overnight guests can camp in the studio.

To register or for more information, call 882-1039 or e-mail Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

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