Come on Saturday, October 23 to Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties for an Autumn Wildlife Nature Walk and explore the woodlands, wetlands, and meadow to search for autumn wildlife, including late-blooming wildflowers, recently arrived winter birds, and late fall migrants.  In recent years, tree foliage in the preserve has been at or near peak colors at this time in the season.    
  Meet 8:00 a.m. in the Saugerties Village Beach parking lot on Rte. 9W, just north of the Esopus Creek bridge, at the foot of Partition Street in the Village of Saugerties.  Duration of the walk will depend on the wildlife we encounter and participant interest.
  Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and be prepared for potentially wet/muddy trails and cool autumn weather conditions.  Light rain often makes for excellent nature observation, but in the event of heavy rain, the walk will be canceled. Children are welcome and encouraged, but please do not bring pets. This Autumn Wildlife Walk is sponsored by The Esopus Creek Conservancy, John Burroughs Natural History Society, and Forsyth Nature Center.
  Contact the field trip leader, Steve Chorvas at schorvas@verizon.net for additional information or directions.  This guided walk is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is not required.  For additional information about upcoming ECC Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit www.esopuscreekconservancy.org.