Tanglewood news June 2, 2020

If you join or renew as a member of Tanglewood (or any of 11 local cultural organizations!) by the end of June, the Community Foundation of Elmira Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes will kick in an additional donation of $25! Simply visit our website to join or renew by 6/30 and Tanglewood can earn an additional donation up to $2,500! 

Tomorrow, Wednesday 6/3, Elaine takes a spin on our weekly Facebook live! Watch on our Facebook page at 3pm and see whoooooooooo Elaine brings out for some online nature education.

Tanglewood TRAILS ARE OPEN, so enjoy a hike! The nature center is closed until further notice, which means that there are no restrooms for you to use nor water bottle refilling stations – plan ahead – and please remember to hike only with the people you already live with, and to give other hikers a 6′ wide distance as you pass.

As a reminder, while we continue to plan for a safe and healthy reopening in Phase 4, we are not yet sure whether we will be permitted to hold a summer camp. Here’s what we do and don’t know right now, and what we’re working on.

What we’re reading and watching this week:

  • Newsome, a biology graduate student at Georgia Southern University who studies Seaside Sparrows, announced the first ever Black Birders Week. Starting Sunday and running through this Friday, Black Birders Week includes five days of virtual events (none are scheduled for Wednesday), with each day featuring its own theme and Twitter hashtag, allowing participants to connect with one another, post pictures, and ask questions from anywhere in the world. The organizers, a group of Black scientists, nature lovers, and friends, say this event will be the first of many—a springboard to shape a more diverse future for birding, conservation, and the natural sciences.”
  • Interview with Sheridan Alford: “I think that one of the biggest takeaways will be to kind of disprove or muddle the generic stereotype of what a birder or a bird-watcher is. A lot of times on bird walks, the people on the walk will automatically look to the men in the group for answers. … So it’s always important to be like, actually, no, the woman said that, or actually, no, this Black person actually knows a lot about this bird; to just kind of change the narrative about what not only a Black birder is, but what a Black scientist is.”
  • Lyme season is upon us. Safety tips and the perennial reminder: check yourself for ticks every day after you spend time outdoors.

Be well and hike often.  Share your photos and nature stories with us!

Reminder! Dogs are allowed at Personius Woods, but NOT on the trails by the nature center. We are preserving ground-nesting bird habitats and appreciate your cooperation. We encourage you to hike with your dogs along the streams, fields, and forests at Personius.