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
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
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
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
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
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.