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Sat 01 Apr
John Burroughs’ Birds of April
Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:00 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Join Craig Thompson of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for an outdoor foray in search of the birds of early spring, as we celebrate the date of John Burroughs' birth. Affectionately known as "John O'Birds", the renown Catskill naturalist (1837-1921) waxed especially romantic about the "return of the birds", bringing millions of Americans to a heightened appreciation of nature during a critical period in US conservation history. Bird sightings found along the Park's gentle trails will be embellished with pertinent quotes from Burroughs' vibrant essays.

This program is open to the public free of charge. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. To register, or for more information, please call Schodack Island State Park at 732-0187.

Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

PROJECT #1
Project/Event Description: Cleaning flower beds - remove old plants and debris and planting new plants
Meeting Location: All projects will start in the main park area and will have a project leader who will direct and disperse volunteers. All ages welcome

PROJECT #2
Project/Event Description:Planting trees - volunteers will plant trees in the campground
Meeting Location: Main park area. All ages welcome

PROJECT #3
Project/Event Description: Shoreline clean-up - we will pick a specific location along the Hudson River and pick up the debris that has washed up
Meeting Location: Main park area. All ages welcome

Register: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

Registration: Required
Sun 07 May
Literacy 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, May 7, 2017 07:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Race Day Schedule
7:45 a.m. Registration
8:15 a.m. Guided Nature Walk (1.5 mi) $10 pre-registration; $15 race day
9:00 a.m. Story Walk Suggested donation of $5 (or any amount)
9:30 a.m. Youth Mile $10 pre-registration; $15 race day
10:00 a.m. 5K Trail Run/Walk Until 2/28 pre-registration $25 3/1-5/6 pre-registration $30; Race Day $35
11:15 a.m. Awards Ceremony

All fees include park entrance fee.

Participants can register at www.zippyreg.com and all proceeds benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County.

Registration: Required
Fri 19 May
Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography – Part One
Friday, May 19, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

"There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus, and we discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also cover aspects of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of the beauty of nature." – Naturelogues

Denise Hackert-Stoner will give the first of two sessions on Friday night, with the second on Sunday afternoon. The first session will cover basics, and during the second session, students can have their work critiqued and receive feedback on how to better their skills. The Park will offer photo-printing services for a fee over the course of the weekend. There will be no program fee for this event.  Visit Naturelogues online at www.naturelogues.com.  

Sat 20 May
Raptor Fest
Saturday, May 20, 2017 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Schodack Island State Park will join with Audubon Society of the Capital Region to host the park's first Raptor Fest, a day dedicated to birds of prey. The day will begin with a Migratory Bird Walk at 8am, followed by a Raptor Walk at 9:30am, with both walks meeting up at the Riverview Pavilion. The main events of Raptor Fest will begin at 10am in the day use area. Local author, Darryl McGrath, will discuss her book Flight Paths and will be available for autographs. Mike Lemery, a local videographer, will share bald eagle footage, and his experience filming these incredible birds. Live birds of prey will be present all day, accompanied by wildlife rehabilitators from Whispering Willow Wild Care and Outpost #4, and there will be two flight demonstrations by Sky Hunters and Silent Wings. The day will also feature kids activities, an owl pellet dissection, bird box building, as well as food and artisan vendors. There will be a $6 fee per vehicle to enter the park after 8am. Make your camping reservations now!

Sun 21 May
Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography – Part Two
Sunday, May 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

"There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus, and we discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also cover aspects of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of the beauty of nature." – Naturelogues

Denise Hackert-Stoner will give the first of two sessions on Friday night, with the second on Sunday afternoon. The first session will cover basics, and during the second session, students can have their work critiqued and receive feedback on how to better their skills. The Park will offer photo-printing services for a fee over the course of the weekend. There will be no program fee for this event. Visit Naturelogues online at www.naturelogues.com.  

Sat 05 Aug
The Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count
Saturday, August 5, 2017 10:00 AM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Fran Martino from the Rensselaer Land Trust will demonstrate how to seine fish from the river, and the group will identify and count the catch. Data from this Citizen Science effort will be reported to the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program. For more information about the statewide program, click here.