Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brown Creepers are here!


Caught this little guy/gal bird banding today.  One of my goals in life is to find one of their nests.  They nest behind loose pieces of bark with a hammock like nest.  There is even a type of bird house you can build to try and help them.  Basically it is a piece of wood nailed against a tree with a spacer.   Amazing little birds, that burn 4-10 calories per day!  They eat mainly insects, but will sometimes eat suet and peanut butter in winter.

Monday, June 1, 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!



Westmoreland's Theater in the Sanctuary presents:
Into the Woods, Jr.

Directed by Denise Simon at at our Nature Center and Wildlife Preserve in Mount Kisco, NY on July 24th-26th, 2015. This sixty minute family-friendly adaptation is set in the natural setting of the preserve.  Actors and audience move through the woods and meadows following the narrative action.  Grounds open 90 minutes prior for picnicking and the day ends with a marshmallow roast round the campfire.

There will be four performances:

- Friday, July 24 - 6:30 p.m. (Evening)
- Saturday, July 25 - 2:00 p.m. (Matinee) and 6:30 p.m. (Evening)
- Sunday, July 26 - 2:00 p.m. (Matinee)




Address:

Westmoreland Nature Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549


For more information go to www.denisesimoncoaching.com


Contact:

Denise Simon at info@denisesimoncoaching.com



Quote: "WE NEED YOU VOTE"

Westmoreland Sanctuary was nominated for 
KidsOutAndABout's Top 20 Places to Take Kids!!


Please Support Westmoreland!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Is A 'Children's Hike', But Adults You'll Also Like!

Children's Hike

Saturday, May 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Follow our Director of Conservation through the trails of the wildlife preserve as we explore the forest ecosystem and search for signs of animal life and the return of the spring season. Families should be prepared for spring trail conditions, including a little mud. 

Cole's Kettle Trail Photo Credit: Michel Miller, Executive Director

$5 per person for non-members and free for members

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Even Turtles Encounter Hurdles!!

Turtle Monitoring

Saturday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

During the spring and summer, Westmoreland conducts turtle monitoring as part of our conservation efforts allowing us to access the health and wellbeing of our turtle population. Everyone has seen turtles crossing the road during the spring and early summer, or perhaps you have had a nesting turtle in your yard. This programs will give participants a glance at the lives of our local turtles, turtle identification, creating a backyard habitat suitable for turtles, and learning what to do should you come across a turtle crossing the road. 

Steve Putting In Turtle Net Photo Credit: Lisa Ricker

$5 per person for non-members and free for members

These Cameras are the Name of The "Game"!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Cameras for Conservation

The use of game cameras as a tool in conservation has gained quickly in the last few years.  No longer must biologists try to trap animals in order to study them.  Westmoreland is 640 acres of pristine forest, wetlands, and fields.  Game cameras will allow staff, students, and interns to track the wildlife that uses Westmoreland as a home and as a greenway on their travels.

Join us in our campaign to get game cameras for
Westmoreland Sanctuary!

A Curious Whitetail Deer Photo Credit:Game Camera

DONATE HERE

Friday, May 8, 2015

OPEN AUDITIONS; MAY 21ST!!

Come be a part of Into the Woods, Jr. in the woods!

Directed by Denise Simon

No prior experience necessary - just a love of theatre, nature and storytelling.  Also looking for musicians, stage manager, artists and other crew.


Time:
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
     *Please email the DIrector, Denise Simon to schedule appointment

For Registration and audition information go to:

Multigenerational production, all welcome age 8 and up!

Rehearsals: June 29th to July 26th


For more information and/or have any questions contact:

Denise Simon - info@denisesimoncoaching.com
or
Michele Miller - mmiller@westmorelandsanctuary.org


Friday, May 1, 2015

YIPEE WE HAD A VISIT FROM A TOWHEE!

What a lovely surprise we had this Friday at the sanctuary.  Steve Ricker, Director of Conservation, caught this male Eastern Towhee for his morning Bird Banding class! 


Male Eastern Towhee Photo Credit: Steve Ricker

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Does Your Child Have a Birthday Coming Up?

Come Party With the Animals!



Westmoreland Sanctuary offers a unique birthday party for the child who loves nature, animals or maybe just feels a little ‘wild’! All parties take place in our antique Nature Center and Museum and/or our beautiful 640 acre preserve in Bedford, NY and are led by one of our experienced naturalists. We offer both an educational and fun experience for children turning 5 and older and their families at competitive prices.

Birthday parties are held Monday thru Saturday. A 2-hour party includes a one hour program by one of our professional naturalists and another hour for food and cake and to provide time for your guests to enjoy our exhibits and property. 

Additional programs can be added to your time for an additional fee. Programs available include: 
- Animal Time
- For the Birds
- Take a Hike!
- What’s in our Pond?
- Who’s been Walking in our Woods
- Native American Workshop, and many others (visit www.westmorelandsanctuary.org for complete list).

To reserve your party date please call Westmoreland’s Education Director at 914-666-8448 ext. 2. All parties require a $25.00 non-refundable deposit received within a week after your reservation to secure your date!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Today we are throwing it back to this earlier this morning when our Director of Conservation, Steve Ricker caught a beautiful American Goldfinch for his Bird Banding program.

Fun Facts:
       - The American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington
       - The Goldfinch feeds its young seeds instead of the more popular food amongst birds, insects

Female American Goldfinch Photo Credit: Blythe Crasto

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ring, Ring Here Comes Spring!

The weather has warmed, and the forest is livelier than ever! Come join Westmoreland Sanctuary staff as we stroll through the spring woods.  Enjoy the spring bird song, the trees trying out their new leaves, and all the other activity in the woods.  Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring some water.

Date: Sunday, May 3rd
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary


Friday, April 24, 2015

Tick Tock,Tick Tock Come Have Some Wine and See Woodcocks!

TOMORROW NIGHT from 8:00pm to 9:00pm!

Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets and we listen and try to catch a glimpse of the one of the most unique avian displays in our country.  Woodcocks are birds that look like they should be at the ocean, but live in our fields and forests.  In early spring the males take to the fields at sunset and begin their mating display.  The boys emit strange noises before erupting into the air and then circling down to the ground while twittering.  Adults only. 

*RSVP by April 24



Call 914-666-8448 ext. 4 to reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GO OUT AND PLAY, HAPPY EARTH DAY!


Everyday should be Earth Day! Our planet offers provides us with so many wondrous things, and so we should take the time each day to both appreciate our natural surroundings as well as make efforts to maintain and protect our planet.

Trout Lily Photo Credit: Michele Miller, Executive Director

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE A BUTTERFLY

Look very closely and see if you can spot the well camouflaged Comma Butterfly in the picture below!

Fun Facts:
 - Ragged/Scalloped wing edges help the butterfly blend into dead leaves
 - Undersides are brown with a white mark shaped like a comma

Hidden Comma Butterfly Photo Credit: Michele Miller, Executive Director

Monday, April 20, 2015

COME LEARN ABOUT OUR FURRY FRIEND THE COYOTE

Most of us have seen coyotes in our neighborhoods.  Come to the Chappaqua Library Monday night to learn what these highly adaptive canines are actually doing this time of year.



Friday, April 17, 2015

GET AMPED, WE OFFER CAMPS!

SUMMER CAMPS 2015

*Registration is OPEN for all camps!

Nature Scientist Camp - 8 Spots Left

A new specialty camp especially geared towards nature lovers!  The camp will include scientific studies on birds, mammals, water quality, and much more.  

Date: July 7th - 10th

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Age: 11 - 14 years old



Nature Exploration Camp 1 - 10 Spots Left

A great chance for kids to get out of the house this summer! Camp will include hiking, pond study, crafts, animals, and more! 

Date: July 21th - 24th

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Age: 6 - 12 years old


Animal Caretakers Camp - 6 Spots Left

A new specialty camp especially geared towards the animal lovers in the family!  The camp will be very hands on and involve Westmoreland’s live animals. Campers will learn how to take care of our various residents. 

Date: July 29th - 31st

Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Age: 11 - 14 years old



Nature Exploration Camp 2 - 10 Spots Left

A great chance for kids to get out of the house this summer! Camp will include hiking, pond study, crafts, animals, and more!

Date: August 25th - 28th

Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Age: 6 - 12 years old



DID YOU HEAR THE BEES ARE HERE!

Our new honeybees have arrived!  Some are in our observation hive inside the nature center and others are in the traditional hives on various parts of the Sanctuary.  Come see the fascinating little bee engineers as they raise young, construct honeycomb, make honey, and most importantly, pollinate.  Our honeybee workers will visit flowers on Westmoreland and neighboring gardens!

Honeybees busy in their hive Photo Credit: Steve Ricker, Conservation Director

*Our bussssssy honey making friends need a sponsor(s) to help care for them and to help us expand our apiary!

Visit our website to become a sponsor today!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"GAME CAMERA IS THE NAME"

Cameras for Conservation

The use of game cameras as a tool in conservation has gained ground quickly in the last few years.  No longer must biologists try to trap animals in order to study them.  Westmoreland is 640 acres of pristine forest, wetlands, and fields.  That is a lot of property to monitor the flora and fauna.  Game cameras will allow staff, students, and interns to track the wildlife that uses Westmoreland as a home and as a greenway on their travels.  Join us in our campaign to get new game cameras for Westmoreland Sanctuary. 


DONATE HERE

Coyote Photo Credit: Game Camera

Visit our website at www.westmorelandsanctuary.org to learn more!