Sunday, July 3, 2011

WAM Events

Happy Watershed Awareness Month everyone!

July 2011 marks the third annual Watershed Awareness Month (WAM) for Dutchess County. Organized by the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, WAM will offer family-friendly events to improve the understanding and awareness of local watershed issues.

This year, the Dutchess Watershed Coalition is asking residents to share their stories with the theme: Watershed Moments.  A watershed moment is often defined as “a turning point” or “a critical moment of time.” This year’s theme will encourage participants to share the moments they have been inspired by the land and water resources of Dutchess County; the critical moment in time when they became in awe of the landscape around them, or the turning point when they realized how the land and water come together to create their natural environment.  To share your watershed moments with the Dutchess Watershed Coalition, visit

For the second year in a row all event attendees will be able to enter their name into a raffle in which the prize will be 1 of 5 painted rain barrels. The rain barrels are being painted by local artists Matt Purcell, Chris & Nicole Miller and Peggy Farrington.  The raffle is free and any time you attend a WAM event you will gain another chance at winning.  The winners of the raffle will be pulled at the Green Infrastructure for Homeowners Workshop held at the East Fishkill Town Hall on July 26th at 7pm.

During the week of July 3rd – 9th, the Wappinger Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Council (WIC) will be holding its third annual “Wappinger Creek Week.” Events taking place as part of Wappinger Creek Week and Watershed Awareness Month for this coming week include:

Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: West Buttercup Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Sunday, July 3, 8:00 am
Location: West Buttercup Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Stanford
Wappinger Creek
For 2-3 hours explore Buttercup Farm with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn about the many resident bird species. This is an easy to moderate walk. For additional information click here.
Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: Tamarack Preserve
Wednesday, July 6, 8:00 am
Location: Tamarack Preserve, Turkey Hollow Road, Amenia
 Tenmile River
For 2-3 hours explore Tamarack Preserve with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn more about the many resident bird species. For additional information click here.
Cary Institute Wappinger Creek Week Celebration Walk
Thursday, July 7, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Location: Gifford House, Cary Institute, 2917 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook
Wappinger Creek
Join us for a family-friendly interpretive walk along the Wappinger Creek. Explore a wetland habitat and sample creek macro-invertebrates.
Millbrook Film Screening: Bag It
Thurs, July 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook
Wappinger Creek
A man who pledges to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store realizes society’s abuse of plastic and documents the consequences while identifying solutions.
Sunset Sail on the Hudson Aboard the Woody Guthrie
Friday, July 8, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club at Beacon railroad station, Beacon
 Fishkill Creek
Sail on a replica of sloops that plied the Hudson in the 19th century while enjoying a potluck dinner and presentation on the river’s environment. Bring a covered dish and beverage to share. Suggested donation $10/adult, $3/child under 13. RSVP  by July 1st with Russ at
Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club Walk: Pawling Nature Preserve
Saturday, July 9, 8:00 am
Location: Pawling Nature Preserve, Quaker Lake Road, Pawling
 Tenmile River
For 3-4 hours explore Pawling Nature Reserve with members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and learn more about the many resident bird species. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. For additional information click here.
Wappingers Falls Rain Barrel Workshop and Painting Demonstration
Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am
Location: Meiser Homestead at Meiser Park, Village of Wappingers Falls
Watershed: Wappinger Creek

Rain barrels capture runoff from rooftops during storms to use later to water your lawn or garden. At this workshop you will build your own! There is a $45 fee and spaces are limited – please RSVP by emailing Angela at or calling (845) 677-8223 x114.  Following the workshop, at 11:30am, local artists will provide tips and illustrate how to add personality to your rain barrel.
For a complete list of events taking place, partnering organizations and sponsors, visit:

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