Winnakee Land Trust Hosts an Invasive Species BioBlitz! Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20!
Check out this innovative outdoor event! On Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, the Winnakee Land Trust will host an Invasive Species BioBlitz at its 105-acre Nature Preserve on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Naturalists, nature lovers, children, and anyone interested in knowing more about our local flora, fauna, and biodiversity are encouraged to participate.
Regional bird experts from the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club will start each day with an early morning bird walk. Teams of some of the area’s best local naturalists will lead groups on morning and afternoon surveys to locate and identify invasive plant species as well as other features, within the Preserve. This day designed for families and other outdoor enthusiasts will include visits from local wildlife experts, who will bring live examples of our winged, rooted, slithering, web-footed, and hard-shelled neighbors along to visit. You’ll be sure to learn a lot, and enjoy it as well!
Attendees are asked to bring a lunch; snacks and beverages will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for best photos (childadult), and all children under 12 will be awarded prizes for participating.
Read more about this event online. Participation in this non-smoking event is free, though advanced registration is required. Register online, too! After your registration is complete, details about the day, the preserve, the trails, the plants and animals you’ll be likely to see, what to bring and a detailed schedule of events will be emailed to you. If you have any questions contact John at email@example.com
Because of the wildlife present, please leave pets at home. Follow along on Facebook too!
The mission of the Winnakee Land Trust is to protect and preserve the natural, agricultural, recreational, architectural, cultural, scenic, historical, and open space resources of northern Dutchess County. This includes farmland, viewsheds, wetlands, wildlife habitats, and undisturbed natural areas.
As an accredited land trust, Winnakee not only protects farmland and natural habitats from development, but provides public recreational opportunities through its two parks—Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill in Rhinebeck and Winnakee Nature Preserve in Hyde Park. They have established miles of public access trails and are continually working to add to those.
They’ve also established the Winnakee Educational Arboretum to educate visitors about trees in a Hyde Park forest, to inform visitors about the historic role one particular forest played in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s environmental education; and to bring people into this woodland to closely examine and appreciate its diversity and beauty. The trust hosts several educational and volunteer events a year and bring communities together to enjoy the landscape we share.