Albany, N.Y. - It's time again for the Hudson River Valley Ramble! On the weekends of September 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30, 2012, more than 170 events will be held from the Capital Region to New York City. The Ramble brings people outside to enjoy our distinct cultural heritage and the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. It also serves as an economic boost for our region's tourism. Nearly 150 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events. Many events are free of charge and family friendly. Guided hikes, cycling and kayaking tours, historic site walks, festivals and river explorations are examples of some of the types of events that will be available for every ability level. With all that the Ramble has to offer, it's easy to find a Ramble adventure nearby. Make plans now with some of the suggestions right here, or find more on the Ramble website: http://www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com/! Here are some of the events happening this weekend near you:
- View migrating raptors in flight over Thacher Park's escarpment at the Hawk Migration Watch (9/8, 10:00 am)! The hundreds of migrating birds make this event exciting and magical. Veteran hawk watch leader Will Aubrey brings enthusiasm and wonder as he shares his knowledge of these spectacular birds.
- Explore the natural world on the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Walk (9/8, 9:30 am)! Join the Cornell Cooperative Extension for a guided tour and discover the various species of plants and animals that make this splendid 156-acre Preserve and Hudson River shoreline their home.
- Education and fun make a magical combination during the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Ramble (9/9, 2:00pm)! Experience the beauty of the Greenport Conservation Area while learning about Monarch butterfly migration, even help to tag and release butterflies! Kids can decorate their own butterfly wings and bring them home!
###Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835