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Upcoming Events

During 2021, due to the continuing global pandemic, I do not anticipate offering any event with an in-person gathering – indoors or outdoors.

Instead, I will again offer online presentations (each ~40 minutes) on a variety of topics.

However, I am also offering a self-guided hike in association with nearly all of my online presentations.  Together, the online presentation will provide you with information on how to find and identify the targeted species and the self-guided hike will offer you the opportunity to apply those newly acquired skills.  And, since you won’t be restricted to a particular date/time for what would have otherwise been a scheduled in-person walk, you may instead visit (and revisit!) the featured destination at your convenience.

The days of the week and the time of day of these online events were determined by a poll conducted on my blog; thank you to all who participated!

More events will be announced in the near future - please come back and add each to your calendar!

 

Date/Time                 Event

 

June 14 @ 7pm       Foraging for Wild Edibles:  Our “Sichuan Peppercorn”

This online event is the fifth of seven in a series of presentations that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

This presentation will feature Northern Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum).  The online session will last <40 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed presentation.

Why forage?  Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively.  Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars.  Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it.  Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy-to-find and identify, spicy wild edible.

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

To join this Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78214634201

Meeting ID: 782 1463 4201

Passcode: 0LTja0

“See” you then!

Afterward, download a Portable Document Format (PDF) of this online presentation from the Foraging for Wild Edibles page of my Curious By Nature blog to your mobile device.  Use it to take a self-guided foraging hike within the next couple of weeks at Garnsey Park to find and correctly identify the targeted species.  Happy foraging!

July 14 @ 7pm         Foraging for Wild Edibles:  American Black Currant

This online event is the sixth of seven in a series of presentations that will focus on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

This presentation will feature American Black Currant (Ribes americanum).  The online session will last <40 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed presentation.

Why forage?  Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively.  Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars.  Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it.  Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy-to-find and identify, tasty wild edible that you can use to make delicious and nutritious jelly, sauces, baked goods, and even adult beverages.

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

To join this Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77766860677

Meeting ID: 777 6686 0677

Passcode: GDWX7N

“See” you then!

Afterward, download a Portable Document Format (PDF) of this online presentation from the Foraging for Wild Edibles page of my Curious By Nature blog to your mobile device.  Use it to take a self-guided foraging hike within the next few weeks at Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve to find and correctly identify the targeted species.  Happy foraging!

August 9 @ 7pm      Foraging for Wild Edibles:  Blackberries

This online event is the finale of a series of seven presentations that have focused on Foraging for Wild Edibles.

This presentation will feature Common Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis).  The online session will last <40 minutes, including an interactive discussion period immediately following the information-packed presentation.

Why forage?  Foraging feeds us – literally and figuratively.  Foraging helps to fill our freezer and pantry without us planting seeds or spending dollars.  Foraging helps us to better understand the earth and more about our sense of place on it.  Foraging anchors us in the season – it helps us to be mindful of the now.

Please logon to this presentation to learn more about this easy-to-find and identify, tasty wild edible that you can use to make delicious and nutritious jam and pies.

For each online session, please be prompt and please understand that no more than 100 of us may participate.

To join this Zoom Meeting:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78018421128

Meeting ID: 780 1842 1128

Passcode: 3ZdyJH

“See” you then!

Afterward, download a Portable Document Format (PDF) of this online presentation from the Foraging for Wild Edibles page of my Curious By Nature blog to your mobile device.  Use it to take a self-guided foraging hike within the next few weeks at Garnsey Park to find and correctly identify the targeted species.  Happy foraging!

Ongoing Exhibits

No exhibits currently underway.

Previous Exhibits

The Town of Clifton Park compiled its 2015 calendar from a selection of winning photos submitted to two photo contests conducted during 2014.  The "Open Space and Nature Day Photo Contest" sought entries from residents and visitors with the goal of encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors.  The second contest, "Art in Everyday Life," sought entries that represented the artist's interpretation of this theme in photographic images.

One of my entries, entitled "Vischer Ferry Sunset," was selected for the December photo of this calendar as a result of it being selected a first place winner in the "Landscapes" category of the Open Space and Nature Day Photo Contest.

 

All entries were photographed at any of eight nature preserves or parks located in the town.  The Open Space and Nature Day was hosted by the Town Board and its Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Advisory Committee on May 17, 2014.

View the 2015 calendar.  Read more about it.

On December 1, 2014, the Town Board recognized the winning entries and the associated artists at the beginning of its regular board meeting with a slide presentation of the calendar's photographs.

 

A two-month exhibit at the former Local.Art.Works gallery in the Jonesville Store in Clifton Park included several of my wildflower and seasonal landscape photos.   

Scenes from the artists' reception -

 

  

 

 

This winter landscape (St. Regis Mountain, part of the Adirondacks), was previously on display as part of the New York State Museum exhibit, entitled "Wish You Were Here!" That exhibition featured photographs submitted from the public-at-large from across New York to illustrate the types of scenes one would expect to see on a postcard that you'd send "back home" to visually capture something memorable from your trip. The exhibit was simultaneous with "Not Just Another Pretty Place: The Landscape of New York."

 

 

This winter image of the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, entitled "Shimmering Landscape," received a 2nd Place award in the "Nature" category in the 2009 Clifton Park River Days Photo Contest:

This waterfall image, entitled "Nature's Backlighting:  Azure Cascade," was an unawarded selection in Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library's 14th Annual Juried Art and Photography Show:

© David H. Behm / Curious By Nature