John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturday Program Continues with Annie Mardiney’s Wildly Popular Face-To-Face With Raptors on Saturday July 6th, 2019

On Saturday July 6th, 2019 at 1pm, come meet a peregrine falcon, screech owls, a red-tail hawk and a threatened barn owl and kestrel, some of the many raptors that live in our woods and mountains with our speaker Annie Mardiney. Annie is a state and federally permitted wild bird rehabilitator with many stories to share of rescues, releases, and actions you can take to ensure the survival of these awesome birds.

John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge thanks the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for their Public Education Grant Funding, which supports our Wild Saturday programming, the collaborative goal of heightening our awareness as Catskill Mountain stewards, global neighbors and dear friends to John Burroughs’ legacy.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. The Wild Saturday program will continue until October. On the first Saturday of every month at 1pm, one guest speaker will give a talk on our local, natural world, providing local fun and interest at Woodchuck Lodge, John Burroughs’ former home in Roxbury.

This free event takes place at Woodchuck Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. For more information or images visit

On the first weekend of every month, Woodchuck Lodge will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm with docents to guide visitors.

About John Burroughs

John Burroughs, a celebrated writer and naturalist, whose 27 books of nature and philosophical essays influenced millions of readers, was born April 3, 1837. 

Woodchuck Lodge is a registered National Historic Landmark. From 1910 to 1921, it was the summer home of John Burroughs. The Lodge was built in the early 1860s by Burroughs’ older brother Curtis on The Burroughs’ homestead land where the naturalist was born and raised. 

John Burroughs died March 29, 1921 on a train headed east after a winter in California. His last words: “How far are we from home?”

The New York Times devoted most of its front page to his obituary. The funeral was attended by a crowd of farm neighbors and celebrities. And then, on his 84th birthday, he was buried in what is now John Burroughs Memorial Field, a state historic site just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge and within a mile of the farmstead where he was