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 Mamakating Environmental and Interpretive Center situated at the edge of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area at the corner of South and Haven Roads in Wurtsboro.
This year’s highlight will be an excellent presentation by John Haas and Lance Verderame on Birds of the Bashakill. These two outstanding Basha Kill birders will show their updated photographs of various bird species that inhabit the wetland and surrounding areas, while offering insightful commentary. Orientation will also include a description of the nuts and bolts of Nature Watch. After Training, volunteers sign up for three shifts (three hours each) on Saturdays and Sundays from April 13 through June 23. A quick field trip to the boat launch will help to familiarize everyone with our spotting scopes and the NW location. Please call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 to register and for more details. If you love the Basha Kill and like to talk with people, this program is for you!