“Backwoods Basics” will be Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and “One Night Alone: Winter Survival” on Saturday, February 24, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., both at the Phoenicia Library.
When Jane Goodall went to work for paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey in Tanzania in 1957, her only academic background was secretarial school. She approached her work in Africa with no preconceived notions, and ended up turning the field of primate biology on its head.
Some thoughts on what the rest of the winter will hold for the Hudson Valley, plus what’s new with the popular local weather service.
Got some holiday poundage to lose and a New Year’s resolution to become more physically active, but no network of outdoorsy buddies on hand to lend support and encouragement? You’re not alone; the ADK has plenty of organized outings to offer, even in the dead of winter.
Saturday, Jan. 13: Author/artist Barbara Bash will talk about the year she spent with little brown bats, learning how they give birth, raise their young, fly, hunt with echolocation (catching 600 mosquitos an hour) and gather at bat “conventions” before going into hibernation inside the caves before reemerging in spring.
After John Jacob Astor’s death on the Titanic in 1912, Ferncliff Farm was inherited by his son, William Vincent Astor. In 1959, Vincent died, leaving Ferncliff Farm to Brooke Astor, who was later persuaded by Homer K. Staley Sr., president of the Rhinebeck Rotary, to donate 190+ acres to the Rotary for a forest preserve and game refuge. Her deed stipulated that the land must remain forever wild.
Venus, Mars and moonless meteors will pay us visits in the coming year.
Monday, Jan. 1: Start off the new year with a walk on the wild side.
From the 1930s until 1971, the steep-sided little Rosendale mountain became the site of ski-jumping competitions, which drew skiers from near and far, including several Olympians.
Dec. 14–Jan. 5: The data collected at these counts comprise one of only two large pools of information used by scientists to track bird species over the decades.