Wild Saturdays: Alien Invaders in Burroughs’ Backyard on Oct 7th

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The final Wild Saturday at Woodchuck Lodge, on Saturday October 7th at 1pm, is “Alien Invaders in Burroughs Backyard”.

John Thompson, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, updates us on how Catskill forests have changed since John Burroughs tramped through these woods. Forests are now threatened by the introduction of species that would be unfamiliar to Burroughs. There will be discussion of invasive species and what we can do to help protect the Catskill Mountains for the future. This is a chance for all to learn how to identify the top pests that are killing our trees.

Not everybody knows not to move firewood, for example, which is very important because this is the way invasive pests travel from ports of entry into the interior of the US. It’s illegal in New York State to move firewood more than 50 miles from its source. Its also illegal to bring untreated firewood into New York state. Always buy firewood in the village or town where you intend to camp.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Our last Wild Saturday (Face to Face with Raptors) on September 2nd with received 45 visitors.

Free, guided tours of Woodchuck Lodge are offered the first weekend of the month on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, so if you can’t make our Wild Saturday presentation, you still have the rest of the weekend to take a tour with one of our docents on October 7th and October 8th, which will be the final guided tour of the year.

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