Habitat Field Guide

Field Guide CoverThis richly illustrated and easy-to-use Field Guide is an invitation to explore the ecological and cultural fabric of a diverse Hudson Valley landscape. Informed by decades of original research by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program and Hudsonia Ltd., it provides readers with the tools to recognize and get to know 36 distinct habitats and includes—

  • Information on how to identify and distinguish each habitat in the landscape
  • Maps of public areas where habitats can be experienced
  • What to look for, including lists of associated wild plants and animals
  • Stewardship ideas and considerations
  • Habitat history in the context of human history
  • Perspectives from people interacting with the habitats
  • Interactive suggestions for engaging with different habitats

From the Hudson to the Taconics is for anyone who inhabits, visits, or loves this landscape. Casual readers, naturalists, biologists, educators, policymakers, and land managers alike will find in it ample resources to deepen a personal relationship with this land and an understanding of the wild plants and animals who share it.

 

The book is now available at local book stores, the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, at our events, and online from Black Dome Press. Eventually, it will also be listed with Amazon, but for starters, we want to support the local economy.

 

In the Press:

The Columbia Paper and The UpStater.com (13 May 2024): "Helping us hear the little voices: A unique local field guide released"
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Summer Habitat Explorations Throughout Columbia County
We hope, that our book and related events will help readers and participants to “see more color” in the landscape. This includes recognizing new patterns in the distribution of plants and animals associated with different habitats, getting a glimpse into the history of different habitats, and becoming more aware of their own and other people’s perceptions of the natural world.

So far, we have scheduled paired Book Talks and Habitat Explorations and stand-alone Habitat Explorations. The talks at the libraries have a part that is the same for all of them, followed by a part that is specific to each location. These free talks can be enjoyed as a single event or paired with habitat exploration, in which participants will have a chance to use the book to explore in more detail the many facets of several habitats. 

All events are free, but some require registration. Please check the respective links to the events calendar for more information and to register. 

 

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-8 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Kinderhook Area” (Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook)

Saturday, May 18th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk in the Martin Van Buren Nature Area (Kinderhook); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Kinderhook Library.

Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30-8 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Hillsdale/Copake Area” (Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale, Town of Copake)

Saturday, May 25th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk in Roeliff Jansen Park (Hillsdale, Town of Copake); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Monday, June 17th, 6-7:30 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Chatham Area” (Chatham Public Library, Chatham)

Saturday, June 22nd, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk at Crellin Park (Chatham); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Chatham Public Library.

Thursday, June 27th, 6:30-8 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Northeastern Part of the County” (New Lebanon Library, New Lebanon)

Saturday, June 29th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk along the Shaker Museum North Pasture Trail (New Lebanon); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the New Lebanon Library.

Thursday, July 18th, 4-5:30 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk at Olana (Hudson, Town of Greenport)

Saturday, July 20th, 10 am-noon: Habitat Exploration Walk at Churchtown Dairy (Claverack)

Thursday, July 25th, 6-7:30 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Hudson Area” (Hudson Area Library, Hudson)

Saturday, July 27th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk at the Greenport Conservation Area (Greenport); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Hudson Area Library.

Thursday, Sept. 5th, 6-7:30 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Germantown Area” (Germantown Library, Germantown)

Saturday, Sept. 7th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk at Palatine Park (Germantown); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Germantown Library.

Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 6-7:30 pm: Book Talk “From the Hudson to the Taconics—Looking at Our Landscape Through the Lens of Habitats in the Claverack Area” (Claverack Free Library, Claverack)

Saturday, Sept. 28th, 1-3 pm: Habitat Exploration Walk at High Falls Conservation Area (Philmont); please reserve a space by emailing us or by signing up at the Claverack Free Library.