SAVE THE DATES!
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT (BIRDERS TAKE NOTE!)
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:30 AM to 5 PM
The Kingston segment of this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Kingston Greenways Association, begins at 7:30 AM to catch the "early birds." We will bird until noon, when we take a break for lunch at Palace of Asia. The group then continues with the count in the afternoon. You can join us for morning, afternoon, or both. If interested, give Karen Linder a call (609-683-0483) for more info. We would particularly appreciate the help of experienced birders for this event, but novices are also welcome. Photo--"Savannah Sparrow Balancing Act"--courtesy of tamstuart.com
FIRST DAY HIKE
Monday, January 1, 2018, Noon to 2 PM
Exercise your New Year's resolution to walk more, or make new friends on this easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve. It will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather, whatever it is. The walk is free and all are welcome.
THANKSGIVING DAY WALK IN THE MAPLETON PRESERVE
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Our thanks to Laura Hawkins for providing these fine photos she took on our annual Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER SESSION
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Three cheers for the vine-cutting and trash collecting crews! Much was accomplished, and a wonderful time was had by all. Photos courtesy of Poonam Abbi.
ANNUAL MEETING AND TALK ON BLUEBIRDS
Photo by Susan Liddle
Allen Jackson, president of the NJ Bluebird Society, gave a presentation on bluebirds, highlighting biology, bluebird boxes that meet design standards (and ones that don't!), and best management practices with the goal of fostering a healthy and productive bluebird population in our state.
Bluebirds subsist mainly on insects, but will eat berries during the winter months. The male does the "house-hunting," then sings to attract a mate (and ward off other males). The female does most of the nest building, and lays three to six eggs which will hatch within a couple of weeks. Both parents share the feeding and housekeeping duties. Fledging occurs about two and a half weeks later.
To learn more about bluebird boxes, their placement, care and monitoring, and for information about predators of bluebirds and how to minimize their impact, please visit NJ Bluebird Society
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AND LICHEN WALK WITH DR. JAMES LENDEMER
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Dr. James Lendemer, a lichenologist from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, gave a slide presentation on lichens and then a lichen walk in the Mapleton Preserve. He identified and taught us about these unique and fascinating organisms. For those who could not join us, you can get a sense of the experience participants had by watching this short video: Science Friday Video--"Hunting the Wild Lichen"
SIGNS OF LIFE IN THE WINTER LANDSCAPE
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Mugwort, broom sedge, grease grass. Field cress, plantain, sphagnum moss. Autumn olive, witch hazel, and white pine. Scarlet oak, dogwood, dawn redwood, juniper, and weeping cherry. Scat of deer, fox, and perhaps coyote. Red-tailed hawk, cardinals, and turkey vultures. These were some of the signs of life in the Preserve explored by a dozen people and two dogs. All five senses came into play--taste, only for the cress!
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 16th, 2017
Over forty volunteers attacked intrusive small trees, brush, and vines, and picked up trash in the Preserve on a fair January day. Trails were cleared between some of the old tree rows, and leaves piled up along the fence were amassed for later collection. We extend our hearty thanks to our cutters, rakers, litter collectors, bushwhackers, registrars, photographers, and two people who took on special tasks--the poison ivy ambassador and the hose king! Photos by Laura Hawkins.