Complete activity listings and online registration can be found at www.gcswcd.com. To register by phone, please call 518-622-3620. All events are free. The following list presents a snapshot of what’s in store for Schoharie Watershed Month 2016:
Sunday, May 1st – “Now Streaming: Life in the Schoharie Watershed” Student/Amateur Art Exhibit Opening Reception, 12PM, Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. Join us in celebrating the watershed as seen through the eyes of our mountaintop youth. Exhibit runs through June 1st.
Friday, May 6th – “RiverWebs” film screening from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville.
Saturday, May 7th – Schoharie Reservoir Guided Bus Tour, 9:30am-1:00pm. Learn about the history of the reservoir, the building of the Gilboa Dam, the Gilboa fossils (the oldest fossilized forest on earth), and more! Pre-registration required by May 4th.
Saturday, May 7th – Volunteer Tree Planting for Riverkeeper Sweep from 9:00am-12:00pm. Join GCSWCD and the DEP for a tree planting on Windham’s Batavia Kill (at South Street) as part of the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Elementary-aged children welcome with proper adult supervision! Pre-registration required.
Saturday, May 14th – Local Stewardship Lectures from 10:30am-2:00pm at the Platte Clove Neighborhood Center in Elka Park. Dr. AJ Reisinger, freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will discuss how pharmaceuticals and personal care products are polluting rivers and streams – and the consequences for aquatic life and drinking water supplies. Ingrid Haeckel, from NYSDEC, will discuss how communities can benefit from having a natural resources inventory to inform planning, conserve natural assets, and build climate resilience. Ron Urban, from NY Trout Unlimited, will discuss the recent issue of microbeads and how they have the potential to affect fish populations and cause environmental damage. Kids’ storytelling and art activity to follow lectures at 2:00pm. Pre-registration required by May 11th.
Sunday, May 15th – Guided Walk & Riparian Buffer Discussion, 9:00am-10:30am at the Windham Path, 4939 Rte. 23. Greene County SWCD’s Laura Weyeneth will discuss the significance of riparian buffers, native plants, and healthy aquatic ecosystems. Pre-registration required by May 12th.
Saturday, May 21st – “Hemlocks through History” guided walk and talk, 10:00am-12:00pm, Mountain Top Arboretum in Tannersville. Mike Kudish, Catskills forest historian and author, will discuss the history of hemlocks and their significance to the Schoharie Watershed. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager at CRISP, will discuss the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a tiny forest pest that is currently threatening hemlock populations. Learn how to identify HWA and what to do if you find HWA on your property. Pre-registration required by May 18th. Registered attendees will receive a small hemlock tree to take home.
Saturday, May 21st – Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s “Rejuvenary River Circus” performance, 2:00pm, at the red barn across from the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. This circus show features gorgeous masks and puppet characters, a bio-morphic set design, and live original music. Suitable for all ages! Show will be outdoors if weather permits. Bring a blanket and enjoy this fantastic free show!
For more information on this and other Stream Management Programs visit http://www.gcswcd.com/env-ed/scho-eo/swm or contact the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District Office at 518-622-3620.