ECOS SPRING WALKS 2021
Our Tuesday guided walks are back! The number of participants will be limited to 10 people, including the leader, since the covid virus is still active. Therefore the walks will be by pre-registration only; email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Be sure to include your telephone number, so we can notified you if the walk has to be cancelled; notice of cancellation or other changes may also be found at www.ecosny.org or www.facebook.com/ecosny. Those without computers may register by calling 518-381-1826, but texting is not available. All participants will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Meeting times at the trailhead are 9:30 a.m., and walks usually last around 2 hours. Directions are from the closest major road.
Some of these places can also be found on our website as self-guided walks.
APRIL 27 Lock 7/Mohawk River State Park: Many trails in woodland and meadow with a good variety of early spring wildflowers. Ed Kautz, leader. Directions: Go to the intersection of Balltown and River roads in Niskayuna, follow River Rd. east about 3 ½ miles to Rosendale, turn left onto Rosendale; go about ½ mile, turn left onto Lock 7 Rd. Parking is near the bike path crossing on Lock 7 Rd.
MAY 11 Joralemon Memorial Park: A wonderful habitat for wildflowers in spring, as well as fern-filled dells, plus there’s an historic lime kiln dating back to the Civil War. Ruth Brooks, leader. Directions: Take Rt. 890 east to the Thruway; take the Thruway east to exit 22 (Selkirk), then take Rt. 144 south to meet Rt. 143. Follow Rt. 143 about 2.5 miles to Starr Rd. (Rt. 102). Turn right on 102, and go half a mile north to Joralemon Park.
MAY 18 Reist Sanctuary: Woods, dunes, and wetlands with a variety of flowers as well as ferns, mosses, and giant trees. It’s also a bird preserve. The trail crosses swampy areas so wear boots; we’ll meet at the Consaul Rd. end of the Sanctuary, which is less muddy. Nancy Slack and Kathie Armstrong, leaders. Directions: From the intersection of Balltown and Consaul, go east past the Hannaford Plaza. Take the first left onto Oakmont. Pass all the town houses. When you’ve passed the last one, parking for the Sanctuary is on the right.
MAY 25 Limestone Rise: A gem of a preserve with a variety of habitats, a profusion of wildflowers and ferns, and excellent birding, as well as fossiferous limestone outcroppings and solution channels. Ed Kautz, leader. Directions: Take Rt. 890 to the Rt. 146 exit, continue on Rt. 146 southwest across Rt. 20 into Altamont. Make a sharp right turn onto Maple Ave to stay on Rt. 146 in Altamont, followed shortly by a sharp left onto Western Ave.; continue on Rt. 146 5.7 miles to Nash Rd. on right. This is a gravel road, and the road sign may be missing. It is the first road after Knox Cave Rd., and there is a Preserve sign at the corner. Turn right onto Nash and park along road at 0.2 of a mile. The trail starts on the left side with a sign back from the road.
JUNE 1 Hop Field Trail at Thacher Park: A loop running through woods with acidic soils and a large wetland. The wetland portion can be very wet, so be prepared for mud. Nancy Engel, leader. Directions: Near the eastern entrance of the park, on the south side of Thacher Park Rd.; parking is about 1 mile east of the Visitor Center, just past the overlook. The parking fee is $6, but on weekdays those 62 and older can get a free parking pass at the Visitor Center.