Meet the Metasequoia, your giant neighbors on Academy Green.
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Sunday, May 13: Geology tour on Mother’s Day to illuminate Rosendale’s cement-mining history.
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.
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.
Sunday, April 15: Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change has already garnered critical accolades, including from such environmentalist icons as Jane Goodall and Bill McKibben. The book makes the case that Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before, infecting half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia and Australia.
These harbingers of spring have some remarkable talents. They can withstand being frozen solid for days, and can generate a sound comparable in volume to a chainsaw. Not bad for a creature that tops out at 1.5″ and 5 grams.
Saturday, April 7: “The Hudson Valley is the birthplace of the American environmental movement, with the Hudson River as central Muse and catalyst,” says Melissa Auf der Maur, alt/rock musician and co-founder/director of Basilica Hudson.
Tuesday, April 10: Among the researchers racing to find cures for deadly diseases within the world’s threatened ecosystems is renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Paul Alan Cox, director of the Brain Chemistry Labs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Dr. Cox’s current focus is on finding new treatments for ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from common concerns about ecological issues, that makes his work of especial relevance to Northeasterners, considering recent indications that ALS may be connected to late-stage Lyme disease.
Volunteers wanted for Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings Project this spring. The hundreds of volunteers make a difference, ensuring the survival of thousands of spotted salamanders, wood frogs and spring peepers.