Events and Programs

-Presented by The David Redden Conservation Science Fund Speaker Series

 


The David Redden Conservation Science Fund - Speaker Series - Presents:

Eastern Coyotes: A Presentation by Roland Kays

followed by a panel discussion with The Gotham Coyote Project.

Thursday, December 5
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
American Museum of Natural History: The Kaufmann Theater
(Please enter on 77th Street btw Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.)

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Join us for this special evening event hosted by the Center for Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Roland Kays, Head of the Biodiversity Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Research Professor at NC State University, Presents:

The eastern coyote (canis latrans) is a large coyote-wolf mix that has expanded its range in eastern North America over the last few decades. Having taken over the wildlands, this large predator is increasingly observed in urban areas -- including New York City. How easily do these animals adapt to urban landscapes? How will people's relationship with coyotes change?

Followed by a panel discussion, including panelists from the Gotham Coyote Project
Dr. Chris Nagy: Co-founder, Gotham Coyote Project, Director of Research & Education, Mianus River Gorge; Carol Henger: Doctoral candidate, Fordham University; Tatyana Graham: Undergraduate student, Pace University; (www.gothamcoyote.com)

Moderator: Dr. Matthew Palmer, Vice President, Black Rock Forest and Senior Lecturer, Columbia University.

Presented by Black Rock Forest. Organized with and hosted by the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation - American Museum of Natural History.

Coyote photo courtesy of Ivan Kuraev, Urban Coyote Iniative

 


 

David Redden Conservation Science Fund - Speaker Series- Workshop

Camera Trapping and Citizen Science: Tools for Conservation

a workshop with Roland Kays, PhD

Friday December 6, 2019

9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Black Rock Forest Lodge
Cornwall, NY

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Join Dr. Kays and Forest staff in a discussion about using cameras for citizen science. We will also discuss other camera trapping projects in the region and how to manage the voluminous data produced by these projects.

 

Dr. Roland Kays is the Head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a Research Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. His research on urban wildlife has been featured in documentaries, the popular press, and his recent book, Candid Creatures, features camera trap photographs from a number of researchers.

 
 


Winter Ecology & Bird Walk 

January 2020

 

Hike Leader:  Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, PhD (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at Barnard College)
 
Description:  Dr. Maenza-Gmelch will guide participants in botanical identification while walking along the trail as well as will identify birds by sight and sound.  Easy to moderate terrain, upper elementary children welcome (5th grade and up).

What to Bring/Wear: Drinking water, a trail snack if desired, comfortable walking shoes, insect/tick repellent. Remember to dress for the weather - layers, handwarmers and microspikes may be helpful.
 
Details & Arrival Instructions: The hike is in Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY). An email will be sent to registered participants the week prior with parking information and arrival details.
 
Free for Friends of the Forest (annual supporters); General Admission: $10.00. RSVP required. A link to RSVP will be posted in December/January.
 
RSVP: info@blackrockforest.org  or 845-534-4517 x26
 

Winter Hike with the Forest Historian

 

 

February, 2020 (Date TBD)

 
Hike Leader:  John Brady (Forest Historian)
 
Description:  Forest Historian John Brady will hike and share the history of Black Rock Forest with you, garnered in his 40+ years of working for the Forest.

What to Bring/Wear: Drinking water, a trail snack if desired, comfortable walking shoes, insect/tick repellent. Remember to dress for the weather - layers, handwarmers and microspikes may be helpful.

Details & Arrival Instructions: The hike is in Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY). An email will be sent to registered participants the week prior with parking information and arrival details.
 
Free for Friends of the Forest (annual supporters); General Admission: $10.00. RSVP required. A link to RSVP will be posted in January.
 
RSVP: info@blackrockforest.org  or 845-534-4517 x26

HUNTING SEASON

BLACK ROCK FOREST

CLOSED 

NOVEMBER 16 TO DECEMBER 8  

 
DECEMBER 9: FOREST REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Black Rock Forest will be closed to the public during the New York State deer hunting season, November 16 through December 8. The Forest’s ecosystem management program includes a highly regulated deer hunting program as a tool to keep the deer population within a range that will prevent overbrowsing, allow forest trees to regenerate, and conserve biodiversity in the understory. Our management strategies support native wildlife, including many threatened bird populations that reside in Black Rock Forest year-round or during breeding season.  Our data support the idea that well-managed deer populations are healthier. Black Rock Fish and Game Club has an exclusive license agreement to hunt deer in Black Rock Forest under guidelines set by the Forest Manager. Hunters are required to check in/out and to bring harvested deer to the check stations where Forest staff collect data and monitor this sample of the deer population. 
Join us in April as we conduct citizen-science volunteer days to do our annual deer pellet survey. The survey allows us to estimate the size of the deer population and compare it year to year. For more information on volunteering, contact: Brienne Cliadakis, info@blackrockforest.com
Note: Hunting only allowed through Black Rock Fish and Game Club. Contact: http://www.blackrockclub.org/.