Upcoming Events

MHLC's Preserve Challenge

All year long!

All MHLC Preserves

Take the Preserve Challenge! Visit all 22 MHLC Preserves to receive a limited edition "Challenge Finisher" sticker. (Please complete registration AFTER you complete the challenge.)

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Earth Day Workday

Sunday, April 21, 2024

1 - 4 PM

Bender Melon Farm Preserve

Join MHLC for the annual kick-off workday in celebration of Earth Day. Volunteers will spend the afternoon at the beautiful Bender Melon Farm Preserve, expanding the public access trail system, collecting litter, and generally drinking in the spring weather. Refreshments will be provided!

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LYL Workshop Session 1: How to improve your habitat at home

Friday, April 26, 2024

10 AM- 12 PM

Albany County Soil & Water District Office, Voorheesville

Get to know your local agents! Representatives from NCRS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Capital Region PRISM (Partnership for Invasive Species Management) will present programs that support private landowner habitat improvement projects.

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Spring Into Stewardship Volunteer Party

Sunday, April 28, 2024

1 - 4 PM

Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush

Join us for a special celebration to kick off our stewardship season! This is a great opportunity for new and prospective volunteers to meet the staff and fellow volunteers and to learn about what we do! 

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LYL Workshop Session 2: Techniques in action

Friday, May 17, 2024

10 AM- 12 PM

Bender Melon Farm Preserve

Visit Bender Melon Farm Preserve to learn about habitat improvement projects. Learn about invasive species and why they are detrimental to your habitat; tour our invasive species brush removal projectand learn about Integrated Pest Management and treatment techniques; and visit our pollinator field and learn about on-site challenges and how to get a successful project despite what Mother Nature throws at you.

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Forest Bathing

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10 AM - 12 PM

Fox Preserve

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature during a Forest Bathing walk, led by certified practitioner, Ebony LaBrew. This quiet, slow-paced walk will offer a reprieve from the busyness of everyday life, as you are guided through a series of invitations that welcome you explore the natural environment through your senses.

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Spring Birding

Sunday, May 19, 2024

7 - 10 AM

Bender Melon Farm Preserve

Join MHLC and guides Eric Molho and Dan Leonard for a spring birding walk at Bender Melon Farm. We'll look for local breeders and mid-to-late spring migrants including warblers,flycatchers and sparrows.

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Stream Sampling

Saturday, May 25, 2024

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary

The sparkling flow and pleasing sounds of freshwater streams not only create some of the most inviting places to be in our preserves, but they also host fascinating populations of fishes and other organisms that thrive only in clear, cool waters. Eric Lind, Director of Center Programs and Education for Audubon New York/Connecticut, will be leading a hands-on exploration and workshop about this easily-overlooked and vulnerable biological community.

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Meet Nature Bus!

Saturday, June 1, 2024

12 - 3 PM

Tivoli Lake Preserve, Albany

Learn more about the places you can go on the Nature Bus and meet the folks who’ll greet you when you get off the bus! Click the registration button to learn more!

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Invasive Species Walk

Sunday, June 2, 2024

11 AM - 1 PM

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary

Join MHLC and Addison Kubik of Capital Region PRISM for a closer look at the invasive species present at the preserve. Participants will learn how to indentify and manage these plants for a healthier habitat.

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LYL Workshop Session 3: All about birds

Friday, June 7, 2024

10 AM- 12 PM

Bender Melon Farm Preserve

Meet Hudson Mohawk Bird Club! Local experts will discuss New York’s most-needed bird habitat and techniques for grassland bird management. MHLC worked with local partners to gather bird data before our project began; we’ll share monitoring tools used and how to measure success. ‍ After this session, we invite you to join us for some birding at the preserve!

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SAVE the DATE: Annual Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, September 19, 2024

TBA

Orchard Creek Golf Club, Altamont

Save the date for our biggest fundraising event of the year! ‍Stay tuned for information about ticket sales, joining the Honorary Committee, and corporate sponsorship opportunities.

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