Spring Sensations Visits HRIT

On Friday, we were joined by longtime NBC members John and Betty who led a group of students in their Spring Sensations course, a popular class at Hudson Valley Community College under the Creative Retirement Program. This course guides students through a number of local preserves to observe and learn about plants, wildlife, and the natural beauty around us. Thanks to local experts and NBC volunteers we were able to guide the class through HRIT and teach them about birding, local history, and the natural environment in and around New Baltimore, NY.

And the Winner is…

Photo Credit: Patricia Obernesser Race

We are pleased to announce that Patricia Obernesser Race is the winner of our first photo contest! Keep on the lookout for Patricia’s photo being used for marketing purposes across social media, the website, and printed materials.

Thank you all for the entries we LOVED all the photos!

Just because the contest is over does not mean you have to stop sending in photos taken in and around New Baltimore, NY, or tagging us in your posts. Be sure to use #newbaltimoreconservancy or message/ email us any pictures you feel depict the true essence of New Baltimore.

Don’t Get Ticked New York

Photo by Erik Karits on Pexels.com

Avoiding Lyme and other tick-borne diseases requires avoiding a tick bite!

Join NYS Integrated Pest Management Program’s Joellen Lampman on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm at Cornell Fire House as she talks about the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten.

Here is a tick presentation, Joellen Lampman conducted for the Finger Lakes Trail Conference back in February: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIOM-CD1g30&list=PL5ehvJ2lLkihuYNvJIW4Kzc9zTBnsH0UW&index=9.

Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. Since then it has traveled to surrounding areas and states. Help us protect our properties and environment by learning more about the spotted lanternfly.

Learn how to identify and manage SLF here: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

Celebrate Earth Day by Joining our Spring Clean-up Efforts Tomorrow!

On Saturday, April 23rd, at 8:30 am to celebrate Earth Day,  we will meet at Hannacriox Creek Preserve to clean up the parking lot, roadway, and trails. Those of you unable to make it on April 23rd are welcome to aid in our cleaning efforts anytime during the week of April 17-24th. Please dress properly for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your gardening gloves. We will supply the lawn bags.

Come for 15 minutes or the entire morning. Your volunteer effort will assist us in protecting the land and history in and around New Baltimore, NY. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us — bring the family! 

This year, a few of the chores we could use assistance with include:

  • Litter pick up (adopt a highway and riverfront/ trails/ parking lot (gloves and trash bags))
  • Spring culvert and drainage cleanout for leaves and twigs (a task for rakes and hoes)
  • Trail pruning and maintenance of low hanging branches and downed trees (pruners, loppers, and saws)
  • Trail sign maintenance/replacement (hammers/nails), including work on North Trail with pruning and trail maker placement to divert trail out of mud area. 
  • Parking lot maintenance including stone raked back in and pothole repair (rakes/shovels)

Submit to the Earth Day Photo Contest by April 24th!

In celebration of our conservation efforts and Earth Day, help capture the beauty in and around New Baltimore, NY. Have you been to one of our properties and taken a photo you love? Or maybe you’ve been wanting to go out and just need a push to get there. Well here is your chance to win yourself some New Baltimore Conservancy merchandise! 

Please send your favorite photo of one of our properties to us at photo@newbaltimoreconservancy.org. The deadline for submissions has just been extended until April 24th. Reach out to Olivia Vasto (photo@newbaltimoreconservancy.org) if you have any questions.

Just a few of our favorite pictures over the years!

Join Our Membership Meeting

Interested in what NBC will offer this year? Want to find out more about upcoming events? Or do you simply want your voice and ideas heard?

This month’s Conservancy board meeting is open to all NBC members (and those of you interested in becoming members). Join us Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 7pm at Cornell Fire House to catch up on the happenings of the past year and help prepare for the new year. You will hear about social media and marketing endeavors, upcoming events, and learn more about how you can get/ stay involved.

Be sure to join us at our first in-person meeting of the year!

Join an Earth Day Discussion about Hudson River Advocacy & the Clean Water Act

Join Scenic Hudson on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:30 – 7 pm for a virtual Earth Day discussion about Hudson River advocacy and the Clean Water Act!

This is a rare opportunity to hear from Scenic Hudson President New Sullivan, Riverkeeper President Tracy Brown, and Clearwater Executive Director David Toman. This event will be moderated by Jon Bowermaster, an environmental activist and documentary filmmaker who has presented his work to Conservancy members in the past. Find out more about the event here: https://www.scenichudson.org/events/webinar-new-leaders-for-the-hudson-river-and-the-clean-water-act-at-50/?utm_source=Scenic+Hudson+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2605937654-CWA-Event-3-24-22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_428918b3ef-2605937654-331380547

If you plan on attending, be sure to register in advance!

Inside the Green Lobby

Mark your Calendars! Join the RCS Community Library and local author Bernard Melewski on April 30th at 2pm to learn about his book Inside the Green Lobby. This book recounts the behind-the-scenes struggles of a veteran environmental lobbyist fighting to save New York’s, Adirondack Park.

If interested in attending, be sure to register here: https://rcscommunitylibrary.libcal.com/event/8997299