Basha Kill Area Association BKAA 2019 Calendar of Events

All activities free and open to the public!

Take Your Valentine Cross Country Skiing with Mike Medley

Sunday, February 17, 10 am

Enjoy the Basha Kill’s beauty once again on the D&H Canal towpath. Dress in layers; bring water. Excursion lasts at least 3 hours.  Weather permitting, meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209). Call Mike to register and/or check snow conditions at (845) 754-0743).  

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- Karen Miller

Winter Waterfowl Walk

Saturday, March 23, 8 am

Meet walk leader John Haas at the Haven Road Parking Lot (on left coming from Route 209).  Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one.  We should  see an array of early ducks, geese and mergansers.  We will go to the Main Boat Launch when finished at Haven Road to walk the Birch Trail […]

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- Michael Dunckley

Nature Watch Training

Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am – 12 noon

If you’d like to volunteer for the BKAA’s Nature Watch (NW), come to the NW Annual Training on Saturday, March 30th at 9:30 a.m. for registration, with the program following at 10:00 a.m. You’ll learn about wetland residents and other information that you can share with Basha Kill visitors. Training will take place at the […]

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- LL Bartle

38th Annual Basha Kill Clean-up 9:30 – 10:00 am (Registration and site assignments)

Saturday, April 27

Celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy a walk and fresh spring air while ridding the wetlands of debris.  Garbage bags are provided. Wear boots, work gloves, and insect repellent. Bring chairs as lunch, supplied by the BKAA, will be eaten al fresco in the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209); also event’s […]

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- LL Bartle

Nature Watch at the South Road Boat Launch

Weekends from Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, June 23, 10:00 am - 4:00pm

Join trained BKAA Nature Watch Volunteers at the South Road boat launch to learn more about the many residents of this amazing wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds.  Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. […]

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- LL Bartle

Birding for Beginners with Scott Graber

Sunday, April 28, 8 am

Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the Bashakill with naturalist Scott Graber.  This walk will focus on basic identification of birds by sight and sound.  If you’re new to birding or have always wondered what birds exist beyond your backyard, this is the field trip for you!  Binoculars are required and wear sturdy walking […]

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- PJ Singh

Spring Migration Warbler Walk with John Haas

Saturday, May 4, 8 am

Meet at the Stop Sign Parking Area off Haven Road (from Route 209, cross Haven Road bridge and take first left just before Haven Road ends at South Road). Bring binoculars. We should see an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks.  We will move to the Nature Trail from there and finish […]

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- LL Bartle

Hike to Gobbler’s Knob with NY-NJ Trail Conference Representative

Saturday, May 11, 10 am

Enjoy views of a beautiful 650 acre Shawangunk Ridge property, that was also site of the proposed Basherkill Subdivision. The hike gains 450 vertical feet from the parking area to the Knob, which is almost 1,000 feet high.  Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes; bring water and binoculars.  Trip takes two hours. Meet at the South Road […]

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- LL Bartle

Walk the O & W / D & H Canal Trail Loop with Gary Keeton

Sunday, May 19, 10 am

Stroll a 3 mile loop on level terrain with Basha Kill naturalist Gary Keeton as you observe wetlands, headwaters of the Basher Kill, and Gumaer Brook. This 1.4 mile portion of the O & W rail trail was recently gifted to Mamakating by Open Space Institute. At McDonald Road, event participants will return to Wurtsboro […]

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- LL Bartle

Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler

Sunday, June 2, 10 am

Join herpetologist Bill Cutler on a search for amphibians and reptiles. Kids as well as adults love learning about them. Bring binoculars and insect repellent. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209).  Visit to Mamakating’s new Environmental Center included. Call Bill to register and/or for additional information at […]

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Examine Early Summer Vegetation and Plants’ Relationship to the Basha Kill’s Ecology with SUNY Orange Professor Emeritus Marty Borko

Sunday, June 9, 10am

Bring binoculars and insect repellent. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209). Visit to Mamakating’s new Environmental Center included. Call Paula Medley to register and/or for additional information at (845) 754-0743.

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- LL Bartle

Natural History Walk with Jack Austin

Saturday, June 22, 9 am

Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with Basha Kill educator Jack Austin as you see and listen to what’s nesting, growing, and maturing. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, and wear good walking shoes. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209). Visit to Mamakating’s new Environmental Center included. To register […]

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- E. Knieriemen

Moonlight Walk with Gary Keeton

Saturday, June 15, 8:30 pm

Amble along Haven Road and the Railroad Trail.  Enjoy moonrise over the ridge as you discuss the area’s natural history.  Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left coming from Route 209).  Contact Gary at (845) 386-4892 for additional facts.  

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- G. Keeton

History of D&H Canal with Gary Keeton

Saturday, July 6, 10 am

Join Gary for a walk through time.  Ever wonder about local stone walls and foundations?  Curious about how people farmed the rocky soils or the relationship between the Basha Kill and Pine Kill?  Bring binoculars and insect repellent. Oh, and learn about the canal, too!  Meet at the DEC access road on Route 209 across […]

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- LL Bartle

Sunrise Walk with Gary Keeton

Saturday, August 3, 5:30 am

Rise and shine!  Enjoy the Basha Kill’s wonders from a different view. Bring binoculars. Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (on left  coming from Route 209).  Call Gary at (845) 386-4892 for information.  

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- G. Keeton

Reprise of History of the D&H Canal with Gary Keeton

Sunday, August 11, 10 am

Join Gary for a walk through time.  Ever wonder about local stone walls and foundations?  Curious about how people farmed the rocky soils or the relationship between the Basha Kill and Pine Kill?  Oh, and learn about the canal, too!  Meet at the DEC access  road on Route 209 across from the Hometown Deli in […]

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- LL Bartle

Canoe/Kayak the Basha Kill with Scott Graber and Mike Medley

Saturday, September 28, 10 am

Join naturalists Scott and Mike for a late season venture on this first day of autumn.  Bring your own vessel and binoculars.  Meet at the South Road Boat Launch. Call Mike at (845) 754-0743 to register and for more details

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- J. Kocijanski

Free Public Star Watch by John Kocijanski of the Catskills Astronomy Club

Friday, October 25, 7-9 pm

Bring scopes and/or binoculars. Meet at the South Road Boat Launch, across from Bashakill Vineyards. To register, call John at (845) 798-8087. For event updates, visit Catskills Astronomy Club’s Facebook page. Rain date the following day.  

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- LL Bartle

Hike the Shawangunk Ridge with a NY-NJ Trail Conference Trail Maintainer

Saturday, October 26, 10 am

Event co-sponsored with Trail Conference. Moderately difficult hike, lasting 4-5 hours.  Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch and binoculars. Meet at the D&H Canal Kiosk at the Pat Moore Memorial Picnic Grove on Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro.  Must register by calling Paula at (845) 754-0743.

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- J. Simms

Hike the Minisink Trail at Huckleberry State Forest in the Town of Greenville with Mike Medley

Sunday, November 3, 9 am

Join Mike on a beautiful 5 mile loop hike on the Shawangunk Ridge. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and bring water and lunch. Bring binoculars. Carpool or travel in a caravan led by Mike.  Meet at South Road fishing platform (Westbrookville end) at 9:00am. Absolutely must register for this trip by calling Mike at (845) 754-0743.

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