Photo by Lou Buscher - Basha Kill bald eagle and eaglet, 2003 Photo by Alan A. Minkus Photo by Alan A. Minkus

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BKAA 2014 Calendar of Events
All events free & open to the public!


Saturday, January 18th, 10 am
Cross Country Skiing With Mike Medley

Flat terrain on D&H Canal towpath, great for beginners and intermediates. Dress in layers; bring water. Excursion lasts at least 3 hours. Weather permitting, meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Mike to register and/or check snow conditions at 845-754-0743.

Saturday, February 15th, 10 am
Take Your Valentine
Cross Country Skiing with Mike Medley

Enjoy the Basha Kill’s beauty once again on the D&H Canal towpath. Dress in layers; bring water. Excursion lasts at least 3 hours. Weather permitting, meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Mike Medley to register and/or check snow conditions at 845-754-0743.

Saturday, March 22nd, 8:00 am
(Alternate date, Saturday, March 29th if rain or deep freeze)
“Wonderful Waterfowl” with John Haas

Join birder extraordinaire John Haas at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). You will see an array of migrating waterfowl and learn to differentiate between the many species who stop here on their way north. Boots may help as we also will walk the Birch Trail (can be wet this time of year) from South Road boat launch to see ducks, geese, mergansers from this productive locale. Call John to register and/or check outing’s status at 845-888-0240.

Saturday, March 29th, 9:30am-12 noon
Nature Watch Volunteer Training

Become a BKAA Volunteer at the Basha Kill! Come to this training to learn about bald eagle biology and the Basha Kill ecosystem so you can volunteer with the Nature Watch Program. If you love the Basha Kill and like to talk with people, this program is for you! Training for this year includes a presentation by NYS DEC Estuary Naturalist Tom Lake. Returning by popular demand, he will focus this year on the bald eagle nesting process. Nuts and bolts of the program will also be explained. After the training, you sign up for three shifts (three hours each) on Saturdays and Sundays from April 26th through June 29th. For more details and to register, please call Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 or Patricia Diness at 845-386-5024.

Saturday, April 5th, 8 pm
Star Walk with Bob Fiore

Very dependent on weather! Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Bob to register and/or check trip’s status at 845-498-9001.

Saturday, April 26th
33rd Annual Basha Kill Clean-up
9:30-10 am for Registration and Site Assignments

Celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy a walk and fresh spring air while ridding the wetlands of debris. Garbage bags are provided. Wear boots, work gloves, and insect repellant. Bring chairs as lunch, supplied by the BKAA, will be eaten al fresco in the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Also at event’s registration site, BKAA merchandise will be on sale and door prizes awarded. Call Paula Medley at 845-754-0743 for further information.

Weekends from Saturday, April 26th through Sunday, June 29th
Nature Watch at the South Road Boat Launch
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays

Join trained BKAA Nature Watch Volunteers at the South Road boat launch to learn more about the many residents of this amazing wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the Volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. Bring your children, other family members and friends of all ages for some fun in the outdoors! From 10:00am to 4:00pm every Saturday and Sunday between April 26th and June 29th. Call Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 or Patricia Diness at 845-386-5024 for more details.

Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30 am
Spring Migration Warbler Walk with John Haas

Join John Haas at the Haven Road parking lot (Orchard and Stop Sign Trail-South Road side) to view spring migrants, ranging from Warblers to Vireos, Orioles, and more. We begin our walk here, then move to the Nature Trail off South Road, past the main boat launch. This is a rain or shine walk, cancelled only due to severe weather. Call John to register and/or for more information at 845-888-0240.

Sunday, May 11th, 10 am
Spring Wildflowers with John Kenney

See the first blossoms of the season. You will be delighted! Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call John to register and/or for more details at 845-436-6046.

Sunday, May 18th, 10 am
Hike to Gobbler’s Knob with Mike Medley

Enjoy views of a beautiful 650 acre Shawangunk Ridge property which is also the site of the proposed Basherkill Subdivision. The hike gains 450 vertical feet from the parking area to the Knob which is almost 1,000 feet high. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Bring water. Trip takes two hours. Meet at the South Road fishing platform (Westbrookville end). To register or for more information, contact Mike at 845-754-0743.

Sunday, June 1st, 8 am
NEW PROGRAM
Birding for Beginners with Scott Graber

Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the Basha Kill with naturalist Scott Graber. This walk will focus on the basic identification of birds by sight and sound. If you’re new to birding or have always wondered what birds exist beyond your backyard, this is the field trip for you! Binoculars are required. Wear sturdy walking shoes. We’ll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Scott to register and/or for additional information at 914-799-1313.

Sunday, June 8th, 10 am
Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler

Join herpetologist Bill Cutler on a search for amphibians and reptiles. Kids as well as adults love learning about them. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Bill to register and/or for additional information at 845-807-0291.

Saturday, June 14th, 10 am
History of D&H Canal with Gary Keeton

Join Gary for a walk through time. Ever wonder about local stone walls and foundations? Curious about how people farmed the rocky soils or the relationship between the Basha Kill and the Pine Kill? Oh, and learn about the canal, too! Meet at the DEC access road on Route 209 across from the Hometown Deli in Westbrookville. Contact Gary at 845-386-4892 for particulars.

Saturday, June 21st, 8:30 am
Natural History Walk with Jack Austin

Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with naturalist Jack Austin as you see and listen to what is nesting, growing, and maturing in mid-summer. Wear good walking shoes as there may be wet areas and bring insect repellent. Meet at the Stop Sign parking area off Haven Road (South Road side). For information, contact Jack at 845-856-0706 or on his cell at 845-649-8720.

Sunday, June 29th, 10 am
Blooms and Butterflies with John Kenney

See the next wave of wildflowers and a beautiful array of butterflies. Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call John to register and/or for further information at 845-436-6046.

Friday, July 11th, 8:30 pm
Moonlight Walk with Gary Keeton

Amble along Haven Road and the Railroad Trail. Enjoy the moon rise over the ridge as you discuss the area’s natural history. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Contact Gary at 845-386-4892 for additional facts.

Saturday, July 12th, 8:30 pm
Moonlight Canoe/Kayak Adventure
with Scott Graber and Mike Medley

Experience the Basha Kill from a unique perspective! Must bring your own vessel. Meet at South Road boat launch. Should register and check trip’s status with Mike at 845-754-0743.

Sunday, July 20th, 10 am
Reprise of History of the D&H Canal with Gary Keeton

Meet at DEC access road on Route 209 across from the Hometown Deli in Westbrookville. Contact Gary at 845-386-4892 for details.

Sunday, August 17, 5:30 am
Sunrise Walk with Gary Keeton

Rise and shine! Enjoy the Basha Kill’s wonders from a different view. Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Gary at 845-386-4892 for information.

Saturday, September 27th, 10 am
Canoe/Kayak the Basha Kill with Scott Graber and Mike Medley

Join naturalists Scott and Mike for a late season venture on this first day of autumn. Bring your own vessel. Meet at the South Road boat launch. Call Mike at 845-754-0743 to register and for more details.

Saturday, October 4th, 9:30 am
Hike the Shawangunk Ridge with Mike Medley

Moderately difficult hike, lasting 4-5 hours. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and bring water and lunch. Meet at the D&H Canal Kiosk at the Pat Moore Memorial Picnic Grove on Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. Must register by calling Mike at 845-754-0743.

Saturday, October 18th, 9:00 am
Hike the Minisink Trail at Huckleberry State Forest in the Town of Greenville with Mike Medley

Join Mike on a beautiful 5 mile loop hike on the Shawangunk Ridge. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and bring water and lunch. Carpool or travel in a caravan led by Mike. Meet at the South Road fishing platform (Westbrookville end) at 9:00am. Absolutely must register for this trip by calling Mike at 845-754-0743.


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