Nature Watch at the Basha Kill
Started in 2003, Nature Watch is the BKAA's premier, hands-on volunteer program. Trained volunteers help to educate visitors about bald eagles and ospreys nesting at the Basha Kill, as well as about the many other plant and animal residents of this amazing wetland.
The program started under the protective eye of the DEC and with the support of the local Eagle Institute in an effort to heighten awareness of bald eagles and the need to protect these birds, as well as to raise awareness about the other natural resources of the Basha Kill. In addition, volunteers collect data and anecdotal information about the eagles and other wildlife activity, as well as visitor activity that is then shared with the DEC and with local Town officials.
The program runs each spring from mid-April until the end of June on the week-ends. Volunteers set up two spotting scopes and an educational table at the main boat launch of the Basha Kill where there is good viewing of the current bald eagle nest and osprey nest. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, you'll find our volunteers set up at the boat launch, ready to talk with you and help you with the scopes. There are many "Aha" and "Wow" moments when visitors see an eaglet or an adult eagle for the first time. Sometimes looking at a tree swallow through a scope can also be very exciting. Nature Watch Volunteers are the outreach ambassadors for the Basha Kill! Check the 2014 BKAA Calendar for exact dates for coverage. We look forward to seeing you at the boat launch (directly across from the Bashakill Vineyards at 1131 South Road, Wurtsboro in case you want to use your GPS to get there).
If you like the out of doors, especially the Basha Kill, and enjoy talking with people, consider becoming a volunteer with us. Contact Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 and/or Patricia Diness at 845-386-5024. We'll talk with you about the details of our annual Nature Watch training and what we ask of our volunteers. We guarantee that you'll get lots of satisfaction and enjoyment in return.