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Harvest Season Happenings 
Issue: # 29October 2012  
Nancy Kimball of North Country Wild Care with Barred Owl 

 Who-who-whoo is that Flying in the Night?  

Owls and Pumpkins at the Park   

Join us this weekend for "Creatures of the Night", a special event on Sunday, October 28th from 2pm-4pm. Nancy Kimball, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Country Wild Care, will lead a presentation including live owls. Following the presentation, guests will be invited to carve a pumpkin to bring home.  


The event is free, although donations will be accepted to cover the costs of the pumpkins and to support North Country Wild Care's work. Attendees are also welcome to bring a pumpkin from home to carve using the tools provided.   


In the event of inclement weather, please check our website and our Facebook page for notice of cancellation by 12pm on Sunday.  


Carving and photo by Seabrooke Leckie    



Recycling on the Runway  

Hudson River Valley Ramble Fashion Show Shines  

Thanks to all of the volunteers, from designers to models to entertainment, for a great event on the first day of fall last month. The eco-friendly outfits and hats, along with the chances to consider how our current choices affect our future, were inspiring. Huge thanks to Valerie Munson-Drohobycky of Blue Elm Design Studio  for pulling this whole event together! 



History Revisits  

Canal Schooner Lois McClure Makes a Stop
Once again the crew of the Lois McClure brought the impressive, full-scale replica of an 1852 sailing canal boat to the docks of Hudson Crossing for public tours last month. The impressive and informative educational journeys that have brought them to the area for the last five years have provided a vivid learning experience for students and families alike. Thanks to Art Cohn and his crew for stopping by!





Taking a Snapshot of the Hudson 

Annual Citizen Science Event at the Park 
Local students joined educators and scientists for the 10th Annual "A Day in the Life of the Hudson River" on October 4th. Together they measured dissolved oxygen, rate of flow, pH,  water and air temperatures, took a sediment core,and looked for macro invertebrates. On the same day students all along the Hudson from New York City northward collected similar data, and there is now a database of ten years' worth of indicators of river health on record, provided by young people. Thanks to science educators Nancy Robertson and Doug Reed for inviting students to take a picture of the health of our river!



See'em and Feed'em   

Bird Walk and Bird Feeder Workshop Held  
On Saturday, October 13th, bird watchers of all ages enjoyed a walk on the trails with volunteer guide Beth Bidwell, former Executive Director of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, and her family. The following afternoon Hudson Crossing Board Member Marlene Bissell showed visitors how to "cook for the birds". Thanks to these generous volunteers for offering their time and expertise to bird lovers young and old! Interested in seeing a growing list of birds spotted at the Park? Check out our website.

Champlain Canalway Trail Tender Award to Bissells
   NYS Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton (right) and Trails Director John Dimura present Alan and Marlene Bissell with award. Photo by Mark DeCracker.

HCP Board Members Honored 

Given the NYS Canalway Trail Tender Award 
At the recent 2012 New York State Canal Conference in Oswego, Alan and Marlene Bissell were presented with the Canalway Trail Tender Award for their tireless efforts to promote a completed Champlain Canalway Trail from Waterford to Whitehall. The Canalway Trail Tender Award was established in 1998 to "honor the efforts of volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary and significant contributions to the development, promotion, and enhancement of New York's historic Canalway Trail". Congratulations, and thank you, Marlene and Alan! 


Green Ribbon School Project Team Leader Deborah McGloine assists students planting tulips.

Green Ribbon School Project Highlights 

Schuylerville District Leads the Way, Outdoors and In  
The Green Ribbon School Project at Schuylerville is growing...literally! Last week fourth graders spent time outdoors planting a "Tulip Test Garden" as citizen scientist participants in Journey North, an online nationwide student research program. Supporting "Natural Classrooms" and using nature as a learning tool is a cornerstone of the Green Ribbon School initiative. Another cornerstone is creating an "Environmentally-friendly Campus", and to that end, the school was certified this fall by the Environmental Protection Agency as a 2012 "Energy Star". Recent construction and facility upgrades have improved efficiency and made this award possible. To learn more, visit the school's web page. To follow the progress of the Schuylerville Green Ribbon School project, check them out on Facebook or email SchuylervilleGRS@gmail.com. Hudson Crossing is proud to support the school district's efforts to educate students and families about the importance of caring for our natural environment and resources. 

      Daisies with Thank You sign          

And finally, more gratitude...  

  • Thank you Cleveland Brothers for our recent trail improvements, and your dedication to getting them done right and on time!


  • Thank you to the Town of Northumberland for the annual donation of flower bulbs to brighten the Park.


  • Thank you to all who entered our "Voice of Hudson Crossing Park" contest. We are thrilled with the response to our call, and are busy reviewing the submissions to make final selections.


  • Thank you to all of the employees of The Phantom Laboratory in Washington County for your generous gift to the Park. The unexpected and unrestricted nature of your donation provides us with such a boost of energy to fuel our ongoing development of this treasured community space. Thank you!

2012 Dates to Remember:
(at Hudson Crossing Park, unless otherwise noted)

 Creatures of the Night- October 28, 2pm-4pm 

For the most updated information about all upcoming events, please visit the      

Hudson Crossing Park website. 



As always, we are grateful for donations to support the many programs and Park improvements planned by our volunteers. Donate online by visiting our website. 


All donations are tax-deductible, and provide critical support for the development and programming of the Park. Thanks for your donation, no matter how small!

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In This Issue
Owls and Pumpkins
Fashion Fun
Lois McClure Schooner
Student Scientists on the River
Birds- Watched and Fed
Canalway Trail Tenders Award
Schuylerville Green RIbbon School Project
Upcoming Events

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