Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Owl Box

 The Allendale-Columbia Nursery School Class visited the Hansen Nature Center with the goal of making an owl nest box to donate to Tinker Nature Park. The class did an excellent job and can be proud of their contribution to wildlife habitat in the park. The nature center will have plans available for anyone who may be  interested in making their own owl nesting box.


Paul Schnell, of the Institute for Environmental Learning presented a class on photography. Following his presentation, attendees were given the opportunity to practice their photographic skills with various birds of prey from the Institute. All birds were rehabilitated and are unable to return to the wild.
Paul discussing his photographic experiences.

Peregrine Falcon

Barn Owl

Bald Eagle

Weather cooperated for some outside practice.

Scenes from the End of Winter

The Burr Oak facing an end of season blizzard.

Canada geese pairing up for the nesting season.

Pileated woodpecker evidence in the woodlot.

Woodland swamp still ice covered.

Woodpecker activity throughout the woodlot

Pond still frozen over.

Nesting Bluebirds - a sign of Spring!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Program Announcement:

Speaker added to the March 15th Backyard Habitat Program:

Lori Broccolo, owner Broccolo Tree and Landscape will be speaking on Henrietta Pride, a collaborative effort to promote a feeling of Pride, Stewardship and Responsibility for the Town of Henrietta's natural resources and community assets. The goal of Henrietta Pride is to prepare Henrietta to become the first Audubon Sanctuary Sustainable Community in the North East. Laurie will discuss the achievements to date, and plans for the near future to achieve Henrietta's certification.

Spring will return!

Upcoming Programs at the Hansen Nature Center

Saturday Garden Programs continue to be popular at the Hansen Nature Center. 

Linda Schamberger presented on attracting Bluebirds.
Rosita Cardi-Miller presented on the use of fresh herbs in cooking.

Upcoming program schedule for the month of March:

   Mar. 8th: Grafting of Woody Plants: Presented by Ted Hildebrant, Owner of Coldwater Pond Nursery. Ted's nursery specializes in the propagation of woody ornamental plants. He will describe and demonstrate the commonly used methods for grafting of ornamental and fruit trees.

     Mar. 15: Preparing a Backyard Habitat: Learn how to create a wildlife habitat in your backyard. Cornell Master Gardener John Colagrosso will share his experiences in developing his backyard as a habitat for a variety of wildlife
     Mar 22: Nature in Focus, (a course in photography), presented by naturalist Paul Schnell, Institute for Environmental Learning and professional photographer. Bring your camera and join Paul in learning how to improve your photographic skills. This program appeals to beginners, serious amateurs and pros alike. 

Programs start at 10:00am and are free and open to the public. Please call 359-7044 to reserve a spot as space is limited. Sponsored by the Town of Henrietta and the Friends of Tinker Nature Park.

Henrietta Seniors Winter Visit

Seniors from the Henrietta Senior Center Snowshoeing at Tinker Nature Park.
Into the woods to start the hike
Finishing the trek down country lane
If you can walk, you can snowshoe
No age limit for snowshoeing
Great Day for a Winter Hike!
We always enjoy having the Henrietta Seniors visit the Tinker Nature Park for a winter outing.