Signs of Spring nature walk

(Photo by Will Dendis)

(Photo by Will Dendis)

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a free guided nature walk to observe early signs of spring on Saturday, March 22. Depending on available time, conditions and participant interest, locations will include the Great Vly Wildlife Management Area, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Falling Waters Preserve and/or the Saugerties Lighthouse peninsular on the Hudson River.

Meet at 8 a.m. in the Saugerties Village Beach parking lot on Rte. 9W, just north of the Esopus Creek bridge. Participants can carpool and stay for the duration or drive to each location and leave whenever necessary. Bring binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes, if possible, and be prepared for wet, muddy trails and early spring weather conditions. Light rain often makes for excellent birding and nature observation, but heavy rain will cancel the walk. Children are welcome and encouraged. No pets.

Contact the field trip leader, Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com) for more information or directions. Pre-registration is not required, but recommended in the event of unforeseen changes or cancellation.

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For more information, visit www.esopuscreekconservancy.org.