Owl walk and talk planned at historic Schoharie Crossing

FORT HUNTER — Environmental educator George Steele will lead a walk that explores the river bank and the old Erie Canal towpath at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site while watching and listening for owl species at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The Owl Prowl will start at Yankee Hill Lock on Queen Anne Road.

Three different owls–the Eastern screech-owl, the barred owl and the great horned owl–are expected to be found.

Steele is a lifelong educator. For more than 20 years, he has been an independent education consultant working with schools, libraries, nature centers, and museums thoughout the Northeast, including the New York State Art Teachers Association, the New York State Outdoor Education Association, the Gifted and Talented Enrichment Program at Lafayette College, and Lehigh University.

He is the former director of the the state Environmental Conservation Department’s Environmental Education Camp Program, recipient of the Conservation Educator Award of the New York State Conservation Council, the New York State Outdoor Education Association’s Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement and Outdoor Educator of the Year Award.

The site is known for appearances by bird species such as the Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Orioles, Pileated Woodpeckers, Egrets, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagles, Canada Geese, and many more.

The programs is free, but donation will be accepted.

For information about this program, call the visitor center at (518) 829-7516, email schohariecrossing@parks.ny.gov, or visit the site’s Facebook page.