Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Environmental Awareness and Action Day

The Hansen Nature Center was pleased to host the first Environmental Awareness and Action Day organized by Henrietta's Youth Asset Team. The goal of the event was to highlight local, national, and global environmental issues with a focus on what each of us can do in our day to day lives to promote a healthy, sustainable environment for generations to come.

The Sierra Club was one of the many organizations who came to show their support

A close-up view of a green roof from Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care

Living in Harmony showed the difference in energy consumption between incandescent light bulbs and compact florescent light bulbs. The incandescent bulb took 51 watts while the CFL took only 18!
Guests enjoy refreshments in between presentations

The recycled arts and crafts table was fun for the whole family

A shoe recycling display shows that a shoe's life isn't over once they're worn out. They can be used to make flooring and other products! To recycle your shoes, drop them off in the shoe recycling bin located outside the Henrietta Town Hall.

For more information on the Henrietta Youth Asset Team, visit http://www.henriettayouthassetteam.com/

Friday, August 15, 2008

Herb Gardening

We would like to thank the Rush-Henrietta Life Skills program for all of their hard work this summer. They have spent hours working in the herb garden and it looks great!

Before: The gardens were very overgrown

After: Beautifully mulched , weeded, labeled, and arranged

Thank you to volunteers David Beherns, Paul Centola, Christian Ecchevarria, John Webster, Matthew Lane, Precious Payne, Steve Gipprich, Karen Arthman, Elizabeth Wagner, Heather Parmeter, and Janice Jones!
Upcoming Events

Environmental Awareness Day
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Information and demonstrations by local experts
Free eco-friendly products
Family entertainment
Free refreshments
Park cleanup activity (3-4pm)

Fall Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2008
11am-3 pm

Celebrate the Fall Harvest with the
Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum
Hansen Nature Center

Cobblestone Museum Tours
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Honey Harvesting
Children’s Activities

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tinker Field Days

This year's Field Day brought in hundreds of excited children. Kids took turns exploring the marsh and field for creatures, watched puppet shows, and received temporary tattoos and face painting.Thank you to Broccolo Tree and Lawncare, Cornell Cooperative and the 4-H club for helping with this awesome event!
Red Bat Discovered at Tinker Nature Park

Before last week, the Little Brown Bat and Big Brown Bat were the only bat species known to inhabit the park. That all changed this week when two hikers found a bat tangled in some burdock along the perimeter trail. They brought the tangled bat into the nature center. There it was freed from the prickers and released. The bat flew to some tall plants to rest, where I was able to snap its picture.

Red bat

Red bats are a type of tree bat. They do not roost in groups, but instead singly on trees. During the day they curl their wings and tail membrane around their body and hang from trees, closely resembling dead leaves or pine cones. These solitary bats will form groups to mate and migrate. Red bats often give birth to twins, but may have up to five young per litter. They are one of the first bats to come out in the evening, and can be seen around forest edges and clearings where they consume a large quantity of moths.

Little brown bats are abundant throughout forests in the United States with a range that reaches up to Alaska. The little brown bat roosts in colonies in dead trees, crevices, attics, and buildings. These bats hunt over water, where they consume aquatic insects, mosquitoes, midges, mayflies and caddisflies. You can also find them hunting in forests, over cliffs, meadows, and farmlands where they feed on a wide range of insects.

'Little brown bat' photo from Pennsylvania Fish and Game

The big brown bat is found in a wide range of habitats including desert, meadows, forest, and suburban areas from Canada to Mexico, East to West coast. Big brown bats are generalists and will eat a wide variety of insects including agricultural pests. They roost in colonies in trees, under bark, bat houses, bridges, and buildings.

'Big brown bat' photo from wikipedia

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Tinker Homestead Helps 'Escaped Slaves'

Each year the Tinker Homestead welcomes students portraying slaves going North via the underground railroad. These students learn about the struggles that came with being an escaped slave and the rocky road to freedom.

Monday, August 04, 2008

5th Annual Tinker Civil War Days

Civil War days was a hit again this year as reenactors gathered to the encampments and battle field.

Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum kicked off the event Friday evening with a concert on the lawn sponsored by the Don W. Cook Senior Center in Henrietta

On Saturday morning civilian and military camps opened to the public

Cub Scout pack 332 sold refreshments to visitors.

Gordon Skinner, author of "Wounded at Gettysburg" set up a table to sell his book. The book documents the story of his Great Uncle, William H. Skinner Jr., through 44 letters written during his time in the war. The book can be purchased here.

Madison Light Artillery

Rebel soldiers show their pride

Bill Huther of the 14th Brooklyn

The Union soldiers line up for battle...

...as do the Confederates.

Off to battle

Berdan's Sharpshooters take aim

The wounded were taken into the barn where they met with a Civil War era surgeon.

Dr. Spencer Annabel of the 86th New York tells the crowd about common surgical practices and medicines used during the Civil War

Not all soldiers survived the battle

Saturday night's Blue and Gray ball featured music by City Fiddle. The crowd couldn't resist dancing along to the music.

The dancing went late into the night

Sunday morning in the camps

Thank you to all the soldiers, civilians, and sutlers who made this event possible. Thank you to Bob Hodge and John Dudley for their pictures.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Slithering Surprise

On July 31st, one of the garter snakes in the nature center gave birth to 41 young! As few as 3 or as many as 50 may be born in a single litter. Garter snakes, unlike most snakes, give birth to live young. As soon as they are born, they are on their own with no parental care. Most of the snakes were released, but a few are still on display at the Hansen Nature Center.
A newborn snake

A group of excited kids witness the snakes being born!

Mother and father with their litter