Landis Arboretum program will take people on a dragonfly hunt
Get an up close look at some unique insects during “Dragonflies and Damselflies,” on Saturday, July 19, at the Landis Arboretum. Anne Donnelly, dragonfly surveyor for the New York State Natural Heritage Program, will lead the afternoon "field trip."
NYRA holds family-friendly open house as a kickoff to track season
Around this time every summer, the old Victorian houses that line Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs come alive, the restaurants on Broadway feel a little more full and people in large hats can be spotted all over the city. It’s summer in Saratoga, and it all begins with Saratoga Race Course’s annual open house on Sunday, July 13.
Empire State Plaza hosts annual celebration with food, entertainment and, of course, fireworks
In 1870, Congress declared July Fourth an official federal holiday, but Americans were celebrating with bells, music and military displays dating back to the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
Albany Therapeutic Riding Center seeking volunteers
Finding a sense of peace within the quiet, rural landscape below the Helderberg Escarpment likely is not difficult for most people. For more than 30 years, a local nonprofit has tapped into it to provide therapy for mentally and physically disabled individuals.
Winning isn’t the only thing at annual race
Most of the participants in this year’s Tawasentha Mud Mania race Saturday, June 14, in Guilderland wanted to have some good, dirty fun. But Michelle Davis had a different focus.
Village officials finalize plan, target state funds for enhancing trail’s end
Voorheesville Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 27, approved submitting an application requesting $1.3 million of federal Transportation Alternatives Program funding for its rail trail project.
Pine Bush Preserve to hold annual Lupine Fest, with recreation opportunities
There are 3,200 acres of gently rolling sand dunes in Albany County providing a thriving home for a globally rare ecosystem. The recreational opportunities are rather extensive, too.
State and private funds tapped for key step in park’s master plan
John Boyd Thacher State Park nabbed $3.8 million in state funding to build a new visitor center, which was a main element in the park’s recently completed master plan.
State unveils $1.4M in Conservation Partnership Program grants at local farm
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens on Thursday, April 24, announced the annual conservation grant awardees, which included 50 nonprofit land trusts statewide. The announcement was held at Indian Ladder Farms, with the property used as an example for conservation efforts statewide.
Public hears about $4.1M plan for Albany-Bethlehem pathway portion
The Albany County Department of Public works held an open house Thursday, Feb. 20, on the third phase of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail at Bethlehem Town Hall. The project as proposed is estimated to cost $4.18 million, with county officials needing to cut around $40,000 to stay within budget.
Thacher Nature Center to host annual environment-inspired art exhibit, offering art classes
Artistic inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but one local art show is rooted in Mother Nature’s visual appeal.
An uptick in snowy owl sightings thrills local bird enthusiasts
Snowy owls have landed at the airport and according to local bird club members, the creatures have been seen there for more than a month.
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center event highlights birds that don’t fly south when the weather gets cold
While many people think most, if not all birds fly south for the winter, all you have to do is take a look out the window and see that quite a few feathered friends have hung around the Capital District through the snow and bitter cold.
Rail Trail comes closer to being completed; arts venues receive grants
Nearly $83 million will flow to the Capital Region through the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, and nearly 30 projects in Albany County nabbed funding. Most of them focused on highlighted projects, but several local priorities were also granted funding.
Party set to celebrate Rail Trail portion opening; further improvements eyed for bicyclists
Friends of the Rail Trail will celebrate the official opening of a new three-mile section running through New Scotland as efforts continue toward expanding the trail’s size and usage.