During the next three months, from now through September, Venus will visibly shift to the left. Each evening at nightfall, it will still hover at about the same height. But it will continually migrate south, or leftward, as it marches through the zodiac through Cancer, Leo, Virgo and into Libra.
Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17: More than any other established music festival, the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is directly associated with activism and the environmental movement via the imprimatur of its founder, Pete Seeger. This year’s performers include Jeff Tweedy, Rhiannon Giddens, Ani DiFranco, The Mavericks, Beth Orton and They Might Be Giants.
A spike in bear encounters has prompted the state Department of Environmental Conservation to encourage cooperation from area communities, particularly Woodstock and Shandaken.
Meet the Metasequoia, your giant neighbors on Academy Green.
The $18,500 grant will be used to manage invasive species.
Friday, May 4: The Cary Institute hosts a discussion with Dan Ashe, president of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and Dennis Kelly, former director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Saturday, May 5: See what the Catskills have to offer. Presenters will include hiking clubs, paddling outfitters, climbing guides, skiing/mountain biking centers, gear outfitters, cultural attractions, local trail-food producers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
While issues such as gun control, the proposed Belleayre Resort project, and the Ashokan Rail Trail tend to polarize local residents, it’s instructive to be reminded that people on both sides of these controversies have always had a love of the land and nature as their primary motivation.
Saturday, May 5: It’s a creative (and slightly competitive) birding challenge, in which participants are required to stay within a 17-foot circle and identify as many species of birds as possible within a 24-hour period.
While the Wallkill is likely never going to be as bad off as the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, which actually caught fire in 1969, it’s got more than enough problems of its own, including harmful algae blooms.