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2015 MOSSY BANK PARK PROGRAMS
April 23 Thursday 7:00 PM How water sculpted the Finger Lakes. By Josh Teeter.
Come to the Ted Markham Nature Center at Mossy Bank Park for our Earth Day program and learn
about the geological forces that created the interesting natural features of the place where we live.
Josh Teeter is an Environmental Educator for the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Department
of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and will leave you feeling more connected to this land.
May 2 Saturday 7:00 AM Birdwalk and pancake breakfast by Randy Weidner
Yes, it is early, but that is when the birds sing best! Meet at the Ted Markham Nature Center at Mossy
Bank Park, dress in natural colors, and bring your binoculars. There will be a good chance to see some of
the two dozen species of warbler known to visit the park, as well as many other colorful and interesting
birds, followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast!
June 6 Saturday 10:00 AM Rattlesnakes by Bob Corneau
You only fear that which you do not understand. The Timber Rattlesnake is a secretive, non-aggressive,
but definitely venomous resident of our area. Few people have more experience with them than Steege
Hill’s land steward, Bob Corneau. With luck he will be able to capture one of his friends for show and
tell; but no petting allowed. Be assured, there will be no risk to attendees at the Ted Markham Nature
July 18 Saturday 10:00 AM Climate Change and Health by Linda Diamond
One often overlooked aspect of climate change is its potential effect on human health. Fortunately, the
American Lung Association in Ohio has been anticipating these problems and one of their Field
Organizers will be at the Ted Markham Nature Center at Mossy Bank Park to impart these concerns.
Come learn about this other dimension to Climate Change.
Aug 6 Thursday 8:00 PM Moths by Randy Weidner
As our first ever, non-astronomical after-dark program, we will meet at the Ted Markham Nature Center
for a brief introduction, then proceed somewhere into Mossy Bank Park, set up an attraction device, and
see what kinds of moths we can find. An opportunity for close examination of these interesting
nocturnal creatures is expected.
Sept. 12 Saturday 10:00 AM Orchids by Jim Peek
Come to the Ted Markham Nature Center to hear Jim Peek, retired DEC Forester and excellent
wildflower botanist, present a program about his long quest to find New York’s wild orchids. If you are
unfamiliar with these botanical gems, Jim’s photographs and descriptions will entertain and surprise
Oct. 10 Saturday 10:00 AM Fungal Phenology by Randy Weidner
Phenology is the study of the timing of natural phenomena, like flowers blooming, or leaves turning
color. Come to the Ted Markham Nature Center at Mossy Bank Park and hear what Randy Weidner has
discovered over 30 years of studying local mushrooms about when certain ones are found and whether
there has been change over the years.