Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lake George Conservancy to Hold Field Day Event

The Lake George Land Conservancy is holding an Annual Meeting and Field Day event, this Saturday July 24, 2010. The public is invited to participate in a themed hike or presentation around the lake in the morning, then join the group for a picnic lunch in Hague, listen to brief remarks on LGLC’s recent conservation efforts, and family games and activities.

While the brief annual meeting will discuss LGLC accomplishments and goals for the future, the focus of the event is the set of morning field events. Five scheduled events are being offered:

1. Timber Rattlesnake Talk and Walk at 9 am – noon on Tongue Mt. Join Dr. Bill Brown, a trained zoologist and wildlife ecologist, who will demonstrate the habits and habitats of this fascinating native reptile. With luck, participants may actually observe a rattlesnake in its natural environment. Presentation will be held at the LGLC’s Macionis Family Center for Conservation meeting room in case of severe weather. Moderate hike; 2 miles, round-trip.

2. Bat Update – the White Nose Syndrome, from 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Hague Community Center. A member of the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation team that has been immersed in the White Nose Syndrome effort since the problem first appeared in North America will present this update on bats and the current status of the syndrome that has decimated bat populations across the northeast. Multimedia presentation.

3. Sucker Brook Hike, from 8:30 – 11:30 am in Putnam. LGLC staff will lead participants on Gull Bay’s trails to the rookery and beyond through dense forest and along the Sucker Brook wetlands into the new Last Great Shoreline. This inaugural hike connecting the two preserves will introduce participants to the internal habitats and inhabitants of Sucker Brook. Challenging hike (some steep sections, requires climbing); 4 miles.

4. Wetlands Exploration, from 9 am – noon in Bolton. Volunteer naturalist Corrina Parnapy will excite young and old explorers as they hike into the Padanarum forest and wetlands and get acquainted with its plant and animal inhabitants. Use nets, magnifying glasses and other tools for finding wetland creatures, identify trees and flowers, and leave with a better understanding of our secret natural world. Easy hike; 1 mile, round-trip.

5. Silver Bay Association Nature Center, from 10 am – noon at Silver Bay. Explore Silver Bay Association, YMCA of the Adirondack’s Nature Center and Guided Nature Walk on the campus – great for families of all ages. The Nature Center features displays such as the fish of Lake George and live atriums nestled on the shoreline of Lake George.

Lunch will begin at 12:30 pm at the Hague Foundation Park, just north of the Hague Town Beach. The annual meeting will be from 1:30 – 2:15 pm. Activities for kids and families will continue until 4 pm. In case of inclement weather the annual meeting will take place inside the Hague Community Center.

Anyone who wishes to participate must pre-register with their field event preference. There is a $10 fee for each participant, which includes the full day of activities. There is no fee to attend the annual meeting only.

The Annual Meeting and Field Day Registration Form can be downloaded from the Lake George Land Conservancy website or interested persons may call the LGLC office at 518-644-9673 or email Sarah Hoffman, LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager, at shoffman@lglc.org to register or for more information.

Photo: The scenic overlook onto Lake George from the Gull Bay Preserve.

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