If I see a fox during the daytime, is it rabid?
There’s a coyote that keeps staring at me; should I be nervous?
Why did the turtle cross the road (leaving a perfectly good wetland to try to dig a nest in an asphalt parking lot)?
Bring your wildlife questions to the Canaan Historical Society on Saturday, July 10. Ward Stone, wildlife pathologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, kicks off the 2010 speakers series with a program on the wild creatures that visit our fields and backyards. Ward attended school in Spencertown and Chatham, and knows the local landscape and its non-human inhabitants well. His CHS appearance in 2006 packed the house.
The program begins at 2 pm, and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion. The Meeting House and historical collection are open from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free.
On Saturday, July 17 the Society welcomes Derek Grout, co-owner of Harvest Spirits in Valatie, who will speak about the creation and growth of the first farm-based distillery in New York State. Harvest Spirits produces award-winning Core Vodka, made from apples grown at Golden Harvest Farms in Valatie, and other spirits distilled from fruits grown by area farmers.