Tanglewood News May 3, 2021
That’s right, spring has sprung and the nature center is open! Our hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
This Saturday, we are having a small work party around the owl aviaries. We are looking for six adults who are interested in a bit of mulch-spreading and weeding as we transform that area into a pollinator garden. May 8th at 1pm, outdoors, weather-dependent (if it’s raining, we’re not slinging mulch). Please reply to this email if you’d like to come – we only need half a dozen people! Work gloves and sturdy shoes recommended; masks on if you’re closer than 6 ft to other people, though we should be able to distance pretty easily.
- Friday May 7th, 5:30pm-6pm. Mindfulness and meditation with Ian. Free but donations welcome. Join Ian for a half-hour for meditation in nature, a perfect easy way to end the work week and ground yourself for the weekend. No experience needed; this program is designed for adults, not kids. This will be a recurring program, every Friday evening from 5:30-6pm, May through September.
- Tuesday June 1st, 10am-11am. Drop-In Program: Pond Scoops. Come up to Tanglewood for fun, hands-on, science exploration on Tuesdays! Each week a new theme: Geocaching, Insect ID, How Tos of Lean Tos, etc. This will be a recurring program, every Tuesday morning from 10am-11am, June through August 17th.
- Saturday June 5th, 10am-11am. First Saturday Program: invasive species hike. Free. Bridget will lead a hike around the Yellow Trail and talk about the current situation in our region – what plants and animals are causing us trouble? What should we do if we find them?
- Saturday July 3rd, 10am-11:30am. First Saturday Program: the great American outdoors hike & animal show. Free. Join Tyler for a hike around the BLUE trail, then meet a RED tailed hawk! Learn about native wildlife and about how beautiful our country’s natural wonders are. Wear red, white, and blue, just for fun!
- Saturday August 7th, 11am-12pm. First Saturday Program: birds of a feather. Free. Meet up with Maggie and our amazing birds of prey for an outdoors presentation about birds, flight, and so much more. This is an all-ages program. BYO lawn chair or picnic blanket!
What we’re reading this week:
- The NY DEC is doing a livestream Q&A today at 1pm about what to do when you find young wildlife – including Kelly Martin of New York Wildlife Rescue Center and the NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, who will have some feathered and furry friends to help us out! Check it out on their facebook page.
- It’s Compost Awareness Week! Woohoo! Dirt! Scraps! Worms! Our friends at the Finger Lakes Museum have an educational session with zoom and in-person options, and our pals at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County have a sweet webinar this Friday on inviting GOOD bugs into your garden.
- and finally a fun recommendation from Elaine: this flower is actually a fungus in disguise!
Be well and hike often. Share your photos and nature stories with us!