Tanglewood news Apr. 2nd 2020

Hi everyone! How are you? That’s a genuine question. Your replies to this email are read and appreciated. I hope you and your families and friends and neighbors are safe and healthy. I’ve been missing our volunteers a lot and thinking about you all.

The staff at Tanglewood are okay – we’re mostly working from home, though of course we are going in to feed the animals. If you’re missing those critters, Jamie is sharing as many photos and videos as she can. You can get your animal fix by following Tanglewood on facebook and instagram to see her as she does animal care. She had Ollie the barred owl and some pellets out yesterday! 

I’ve been exploring the vernal pool, so if you want to know what a vernal pool is, what kind of eggs are out there this week, and get nerdy about bugs, you can check out our youtube page and catch up on all the fun. Elaine has promised me a bluebird extravaganza video is in the works. We would love to hear what else you’d like to learn about!

Our 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.

What we’re reading and watching this week:

  • The Chemung County Library District is the coolest (you probably already knew that, what with their excellent music and movie streaming services, their LEGO robotics, their teen programming) and they have become even cooler by 3D printing masks and face shields for local hospitals. You can learn more and donate to their mask printing effort here.
  • If you haven’t seen this epic, delightful collaboration between the Getty museum in LA and creative people bored at home everywhere, check it out. The Getty asked folks to pick a favorite piece of art and recreate it with three objects they found at home. The results are fabulous.
  • The wildlife drive at Montezuma NWR is open! (The visitor’s center, of course, is closed.) This 3.5 mile drive around wetlands is a fabulous way to see birds from inside your car – yay for social distancing – including six active bald eagle nests.
  • An oldie but a goodie: dancing birds.

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.