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“Reading Signs of Climate Change in the Northeastern Alpine Ecosystem”
Saturday, February 13, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Research shows that mosses are a resource for monitoring and indicating effects of climate change on the living environment. They are tied very closely to the external environment and have been likened to ‘canaries in the coal mine'. Dr. Nancy Slack will discuss her research on climate change and plant ecology at Mt. Washington, including studies on mosses, invasive species, and other plants and animals in the alpine ecosystem. In case of severe weather, please call 872-0800 to confirm program.

Winter Birds
Sunday, February 14, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count! View winter birds at our bird observation window and learn easy methods for identifying birds and using a field guide. Then head outdoors with binoculars and spotting scope to see additional species and look for Bald Eagles over Thompson's Lake. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa and valentine treats. Call 872-0800 to register.

SNOW DAY!
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Take a break from winter break and join us for our annual day of winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt, and MYO animal sign cookies to take home. Materials fee of $3 per person. This program fills up fast, please call 872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Animal Sign in Winter
Friday, February 19, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Ever wonder where all the wild animals have gone in winter? Some migrate or hibernate, but lots of animals are active year round. You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they've left behind. Learn what to look for and take a walk outside to find clues left by critters that live around the Nature Center. Call 872-0800 to register.

Trilobites, the Lost Empire
Saturday, February 20, 2016 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Trilobites are extinct arthropods that were important components of ancient marine ecosystems. Trilobites employed a number of different lifestyles, from predators to scavengers, and lived in almost every marine environment. Dr. Lisa Amati, State Paleontologist, will explain what trilobites are, when, where, and how they lived, as well as why they are important organisms to study. In case of severe weather, please call 872-0800 to confirm program.

Meadows & Woods Snowshoe Walk
Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

This winter snowshoe walk will take us through a variety of habitats from open fields to forest. We will look for signs of wildlife and enjoy the beauty and silence of a winter wonderland. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa. Call 872-0800 to register.

Black Bears
Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Winter is a season of sleep for many animals, including the Black Bear. We'll learn how bears survive this long period of time without eating or drinking water! See how you ‘measure up' to a bear, find out about their diet and make your own bear dinner plate to take home! Please call 872-0800 to register.

Winter Greenery Snowshoe Walk
Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
Phone: (518) 872-0800

Join us for a snowshoe (or winter walk) through the woods enjoying the evergreen of hemlocks, cedars, and pines as we look for signs of wildlife and listen for early migratory birds. Warm up afterwards with hot cocoa. Call 872-0800 to register.

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