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 2015 Calendar of Events
All events free & open to the public!


Saturday, January 17th, 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 Killís 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 to register and/or check snow conditions at 845-754-0743.

Saturday, March 14th, 9:30am-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! Training for this year includes a talk and photo presentation by John Haas, premier Basha Kill birder and author of A Birding Guide to Sullivan County and by Lance Verderame, Sullivan County Audubon Field Trip Coordinator for the New York State Young Birders Club. Their presentation will focus on Birds of the Basha Kill. 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 April18th through June 28th. 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, March 21st, 8:00 am
Early Spring Waterfowl Migration with John Haas

Meet John 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 11th, 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 tripís status at 845-498-9001.

Saturday, April 18th
34th Annual Basha Kill Clean-up

9:30-10am (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 eventís 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 18th through Sunday, June 28th
Nature Watch at the South Road Boat Launch

Join trained BKAA Nature Watch Volunteers at the South Road boat launch to learn more about 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 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday between April 26th and June 29th. Call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 for more details.

Saturday, May 2nd, 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.

Sunday, May 17th, 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. 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, May 31, 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. Weíll 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 7th, 10 am
Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler

oin 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 13th, 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. Contact Gary at 845-386-4892 for particulars.

Saturday, June 20th, 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 cell at 845-649-8720.

Saturday, July 11th, 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.

Friday, July 31st, 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 tripís status with Mike at 845-754-0743.

Saturday, August 1st, 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 areaís natural history. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Contact Gary at 845-386-4892 for additional facts.

Saturday, August 8th, 5:30 am
Sunrise Walk with Gary Keeton

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

Saturday, September 26th, 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 11th, 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 17th, 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 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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