- From 02 Mon Jun 2014 to 05 Thu Jun 2014 June 2, 2014 June 5, 2014 Mohonk Mountain HouseNew Paltz, NY
Summer Nature Week
Discover all that Mother Nature has to offer during our Summer Nature Week at Mohonk Mountain House. Learn and explore the diversity of local plants, animals, and natural communities through exciting outdoor and indoor programs, about every aspect of nature - from the Shawangunk Ridge and life in Lily Pond to Mohonk's famous Mountain Laurel. There is no better way to celebrate the longest days of the year than to share your love of nature at our House!
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9:00 p.m. Biodiversity on the Ridge: Past, Present and Future
Join Howard R. Feldman, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, for a discussion of the fauna and flora found on the Ridge. What was life like in the area 15,000 years ago and how will things change as life evolves? What dangers does our species face?
9:45 a.m. Diversity in Nature (Walk/Hike)
Join Howard R. Feldman, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, for a walk on the Shawangunk Ridge where we will observe the diversity of plants and animals and their relation to the local geology. Are we on the verge of another mass extinction event?
11:00 a.m. Life in Lily Pond (Walk/Hike)
This mountainside pond hosts life in abundance. Come enjoy the beautiful blooming water lilies while we explore the world of aquatic animals. With luck, we will see breeding frogs, turtles, and perhaps a hunting snake or two. John and Louanne Cooley will bring dip nets to see what goes on below the surface, where there’s a fascinating community of aquatic insects, mollusks and other animals.
9:00 p.m. "What lives here?"
We don’t notice most of the insects around us. How do scientists study them? Let John Cooley show you how. Insects come to bright lights, like moths to a candle. We’ll hike out to a field and set up an insect light trap, we’ll see what comes to the trap, and learn about the insects around us and how they live their lives.
6:30 a.m. Early Birding (Walk/Hike)
Join Louanne Cooley on a walk looking for breeding birds. Before leaving we will have a short discussion about the history of biological research at Mohonk and the value of long-term data collection. During the walk we will identify birds by call and by sight and will learn about the behavior and habits of those birds we see.
9:45 a.m. Animal Tracking (Walk/Hike)
Louanne Cooley leads a walk around the lake looking for signs of animal activity. By looking for the signs, we can tell a story about what animals are sharing the landscape with us. We will look for tracks, scat, and signs animals are feeding or nesting nearby.
3:00 p.m. Flower Garden Feeders
What comes to visit flowers? John and Louanne Cooley will lead you into the flower garden and watch for pollinators that visit flowers and talk about how they live their lives. Some of the visitors might be surprising—many flower visitors may look like bees, but they actually are not.
9:00 p.m. Bringing Back the Legend with Christopher Spatz
Christopher Spatz is the President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation. Despite thousands of cougar sightings from Maine to Mississippi, only a dozen confirmations have emerged east of Chicago. Christopher will discuss through camera surveys in seven states findings with cougar biology, behavior and their current range.
9:45 a.m. Mohonk’s Mountain Laurel (Walk/Hike)
Few species exemplify early summer here on the Shawangunk Ridge more than Mountain Laurel. Wander through forests of this landmark native flora with Mountain House Naturalist Michael Ridolfo.