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Basha Kill Area Association
BKAA 2016 Calendar of Events

All events free & open to the public!

 

Saturday, March 26, 8:30 am
Early Spring Waterfowl Migration

Meet walk leader John Haas at the parking lot on Haven Road at 8 am. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. We should see an array of early ducks, geese and mergansers. We will go to the Main Boat Launch when finished at Haven Road to walk the Birch Trail to see additional species. Boots may be of help in this area. The walk lasts about 2 hours. 

Saturday, April 2, 9:30 am -12 noon
Nature Watch Training

At the Church Hall of the Community Church, 134 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro. Become a BKAA Volunteer at the Basha Kill! Come to this training to learn about the birds of the Basha Kill including bald eagles and ospreys so that 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! Nuts and bolts of the program will also be explained. After training, you sign up for three shifts (three hours each) on Saturdays or Sundays from April16th through June 19th. A quick field trip to the boat launch follows to become familiar with our spotting scopes and the location for our program. For more details and to register for the program, please call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261. 

Saturday, April 9, 8pm
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 16 9:30-10am
(Registration and site assignments)
35th Annual Basha Kill Clean-up 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 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 16
through Sunday, June 19, 10:00 am – 4 pm
Nature Watch at the South Road Boat Launch 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 1 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 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday between April 16th and June 19th. Call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 for more details. 

Sunday, April 17, 10 am 
Hike to Gobbler’s Knob with Mike Medley 

Enjoy views of a beautiful 650 acre Shawangunk Ridge property,which is also 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 and binoculars. 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.

Saturday, May 14, 8 am
Spring Migration Warbler Walk with John Haas

We will meet at the “Stop Sign Parking Area” off Haven Road at 8 am. Bring binoculars. We should see an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks. We will move to the Nature Trail from there and finish up at the Main Boat Launch. The walk will last at least two hours.

Saturday, June 4, 8 am
Birding for Beginners with Scott Graber

Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the Bashakill 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 and wear sturdy walking shoes. We’ll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (Rt. 209 side). Call Scott to register and/or for additional information at 914-799-1313.

Sunday, June 5, 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)482-5209.

NEW EVENT
Saturday, June 12, 8am
Natural History Walk with Dr. Marty Borko

Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with Basha Kill biologist Dr. Marty Borko as you see and listen to what’s nesting, growing, and maturing. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, and wear good walking shoes. Meet at the Stop Sign parking area off Haven Road. From Route 209, cross Haven Road bridge and take first left, just before Haven Road ends at South Road. For information, contact Marty Borko at (607)565-2636.

Saturday, June 18, 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 and binoculars. Meet at South Road Boat Launch. Must register and check trip’s status with Mike at (845)754-0743.

Sunday, July 10, 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 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. Bring binoculars. Contact Gary at (845)386-4892 for particulars. Sunday,

July 17, 5:30 am
Sunrise Walk with Gary Keeton

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

Saturday, August 13, 10 am
Reprise of History of the 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 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. Bring binoculars. Contact Gary at (845)386-4892 for particulars.

Friday, August 19, 8:30 pm
Moonlight Walk with Gary Keeton

Amble along Haven Road and the Railroad Trail. Enjoy moonrise 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, September 24, 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 and binoculars. Meet at the South Road Boat Launch. Call Mike at (845)754-0743 to register and for more details.

Sunday, October 9, 9:30 am
Hike the Shawangunk Ridge with Mike Medley

Moderately difficult hike, lasting 4-5 hours. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch and binoculars. 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.

Sunday, October 23, 9 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. Bring binoculars. Carpool or travel in a caravan led by Mike. Meet at South Road fishing platform (Westbrookville end) at 9:00 am. Absolutely must register for this trip by calling Mike at (845)754-0743.


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