Wild Saturday Program Begins at Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, NY on May 4th, 2019 with Leslie T. Sharpe

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John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge’s wildly popular Wild Saturday Program begins on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 1pm.

Naturalist Leslie T. Sharpe discusses her award-winning book, The Quarry Fox and Other Wild Critters of the Wild Catskills. The book is the first in-depth study of Catskills wildlife since John Burroughs was writing in the 19th Century. All visitors, including children, will be invited to share their wildlife stories.

This event is free and takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. All are welcome.

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Event: Earth Day, April 22nd, 2019

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A second Earth Day event at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge: on Monday April 22nd, 2019 at 1pm.

Former DEC ranger, Patti Rudge, of Oliveria, will show participants how to attract nesting bluebirds in specially constructed bluebird boxes. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a nesting box to attract a nesting pair to their own property. 

Celebrate Earth Day with the great naturalist and Catskill Mountain native, John Burroughs (1837-1921), John O’Birds, as he was known during his lifetime.

Allen Nichols of the American Chestnut Restoration Program at the Catskill Center, Arkville on April 13th, 2019 at 1pm

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Allen Nichols of the American Chestnut Restoration Program spoke to a gathering of 20 people at the Catskill Center, April 13th, 2019 at 1pm in Arkville, NY 12455. 

According to the foundation: “More than a century ago, nearly 4 billion American chestnut trees were growing in the eastern U.S. They were among the largest, tallest, and fastest-growing trees. The wood was rot-resistant, straight-grained, and suitable for furniture, fencing, and building. The nuts fed billions of birds and animals. It was almost a perfect tree, that is, until a blight fungus killed it more than a century ago. The chestnut blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world’s forests in all of history.”

The AC Foundation is committed to “restoring the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. Unlike other environmental organizations, TACF’s mission is not about preventing environmental loss or preserving what we already have. The concept of our mission is much bolder and more powerful. It’s about restoration of an entire ecosystem and making our world a much better place than we found it.”

Event: April 6th, 2019, John Burroughs’ Birds of April

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Join birding enthusiast Henry Wagner of SUNY Cobleskill and Park Naturalists for an outdoor foray in search of the birds of early spring, as we celebrate the date of John Burroughs’ birth. Affectionately known as “John O’Birds”, the renowned Catskills naturalist (1837-1921) waxed especially romantic about the “return of the birds,” bringing millions of Americans to a heightened appreciation of nature during a critical period in US conservation history. Bird sightings found at the Memorial Field will be embellished with pertinent quotes from Burroughs’ vibrant essays.

This program is open to the public free of charge and children are welcome. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.

The group will meet at John Burroughs Memorial Field, John Burroughs State Memorial Historic Site, 1067 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474 at 10am on April 6th, 2019. The walk will end in the same place it began at noon. Walkers are encouraged to bring binoculars and sturdy shoes as they will be walking in a combination of woods and field.

For more information, please call Mine Kill State Park at (518) 827-8685 or go to our Facebook page. This event is sponsored by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Update – Celebrate Earth Day with John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge – Saturday April 6th, 2019 at Noon, Rain or Shine

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge has Peterson bluebird nesting boxes available again! This year’s proceeds will go towards the restoration of Mr Burroughs’ apple orchard. After the walk, please join us at Woodchuck Lodge. We will demonstrate best management tips to entice the bluebirds, encourage them to nest and how to discourage predators.

Meet us on the front porch of Woodchuck Lodge at noon, rain or shine.

Family registration fee: $30. One box per family, please. RSVP quickly! Contact Patti Rudge at 845-254-4126 to reserve your box. Checks are to be written to John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge and mailed to Patti Rudge, 50 Brown Road, Big Indian, NY 12410.

“When nature made the bluebird, she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast”. John Burroughs.

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge Fall Fundraiser

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge
Fall Fundraiser

Sunday September 23rd, 2018

2-5pm

@ The Rudge Family, 50 Brown Road, Big Indian, NY

$25/adult or $40 /couple

Kids 12 & Under FREE

PLEASE RSVP by September 16th to Patti at 845-254-4126

Please join Bill and Patti Ridge at their home as they host “The Ladles”.

This all-women band presents a blend of swing and old-time folk with three-part harmonies and achingly beautiful lyrics. Enjoy this incredibly talented and delightfully entertaining threesome, one of whom has local roots and revealed a hint of family story and thereby connection to JB… Come and prepare to be enchanted! It promises to be a lovely afternoon.

Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served.

Wild Saturdays: Face-to-Face with Raptors

The next and final Wild Saturday of the year at Woodchuck Lodge, on October 6th at 1pm, is entitled Face-to-Face with Raptors. Annie Mardiney, federally licensed wildlife “rehabilitator”, shares her deep passion by bringing hawks, owls, and falcons to Woodchuck Lodge. Come meet them face to face! Last year, we received almost 60 visitors for this talk by Annie, one of the most popular talks we’ve hosted.

Free, guided tours of Woodchuck Lodge are offered throughout the summer on the first weekend of the month on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, between May and October, so if you can’t make our Wild Saturday, you still have the rest of the weekend to take a tour with one of our docents on October 6th and 7th which will be the last chance to visit Woodchuck Lodge before it closes for the summer.

Visitors can also now take advantage of our new trail. Woodchuck Lodge received a grant to develop the trail around the Woodchuck Lodge grounds and our Trustee Patti Rudge has been overseeing its construction. The trail provides a unique view of the property, snaking up and behind the Lodge and through a forest and out into our meadow that has stunning views.

Wild Saturday events take place at 1pm at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. Children are welcome.

Wild Saturdays: Wildlife Near Home

On Saturday September 1st, 2018 at 1pm, Mairead Mulhern gave a fascinating talk on Wildlife Near Home at Woodchuck Lodge. Mairead, an Environmental Educator discussed local wildlife found in Upstate New York. Who knew that porcupines swim – or rather bob along — when they really need to get away, with thousands of air-filled quills keeping them afloat?

Wild Saturdays: August 4th, 2018 at 1pm Learn about Fungi

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John Michelotti, owner of Catskill Fungi and President of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, discusses the ecological functions of fungi, common edibles and medicinal mushrooms in the Catskills, as well as historic uses of fungi and present day research and innovations. Find out more at CatskillFungi.com.

This event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474 at 1pm on August 4th, 2018. All are welcome.

Free, guided tours of Woodchuck Lodge are offered the first weekend of the month, May to October, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm.

News from the Lodge

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees: July 15th, 2018

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Trustees of the board of John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge conducted their annual meeting on July 15th, 2018. All were welcome and we had an audience of members, after which we took a hike up to the new Summer House via The Trout Lily Trail. It was a beautiful day.

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A Visit from Germantown NY Artist Collective

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Five participants from the Germantown NY Artist Collective,InStar Lodge, visited John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge, Sunday, as part of their Community Conversations initiative. Focused on the importance of “place”, two groups of participants walked and talked together about “wonderment”, our human reaction to the variety of nature when we attend carefully to the natural world around us.

 

Leather-Stalking Tales with Dr. Bill Birns

 

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What’s so exciting about Life After Tanning?

After the 19th century loads of tanned hides left the docks in Catskill heading down the Hudson River to “The Swamp” in New York City, they took on a whole new life of their own.

Yes, there was life after tanning. Come find out about it from the dynamic and exciting speaker BILL BIRNS, who will be sharing his family’s historically riveting experiences in THE SWAMP of Manhattan.

This free event has been made possible in part through the generosity of The A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, The Greene County Council on the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The Zadock Pratt Museum.

Bill’s talk is entitled “LOUIS BIRNS & SONS IN THE SWAMP”

WHEN: Thursday August 2, 2018 – 7 to 8 pm

WHERE: Zadock Pratt Museum, 14540 Main St/Rte 23
Prattsville NY 12468.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/ZadockPrattMuseum/