Presentations

Linda J. Spielman

Author of ‘A Field Guide to Tracking Mammals in the Northeast’

Animal Tracks and Sign: Messages from Wild Creatures

Saturday, July 27th at 2:15PM in Presentation Room #2

I’ll illustrate and discuss some of the interesting things a hiker might encounter. Tracks can be found at any time of year, and there are other kinds of evidence, such as chews, scat, feeding remains, and claw marks. These are nature’s messages, and they can tell us what animals are in the neighborhood and, sometimes, what they’ve been doing.

Irene Szabo

Genesee Valley Greenway

The Railroads of Steuben County: Then and Now

Saturday, July 27th at 12:15PM in Presentation Room 2

Longtime trail worker and history weenie Irene Szabo presents an overview of the county’s busy railroad history, noting places where the Finger Lakes Trail crosses or uses old or current rail routes.

Jim Pfiffer

President at Chemung River Friends

River Recreation

Saturday, July 27th at 4:15PM in Presentation Room 2

Come discover how do rivers provide recreation and why rivers are good for your quality of life, the environment and the regional economy.

Ann Bayley & Jim Moody

18 Therapies for Relaxation and Flexibility

Saturday, July 27th at 3:15PM in the Poultry Pavilion

Join us in a set of slow moving, simple movements from the qi gong tradition. Will get rid of muscle knots in neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, legs and feet. Also has a balance exercise. Often used as a warm up for tai chi classes.

Heather Housekeeper

The Botanical Hiker

A Botanical Thru-Hike on the Finger Lakes Trail

Saturday, July 27th at 1:15PM at Presentation Room 1

Heather Housekeeper, aka The Botanical Hiker set the record as the first person to thru-hike the entire 1,000 mile long Finger Lakes Trail system in one continuous trek. While she hiked, she researched the edible and medicinal plants she found. She incorporated these plants into her backcountry meals and first-aid needs, publishing a guide book to the plants upon completion.

Mike Landowski

Environmental Educator Humphrey Nature Center Letchworth State Park

Magnificent Monarchs

Saturday, July 27th at 12:15PM in Presentation Room 1

Monarch butterflies are more than just a symbol of summer's end in New York; they have a fascinating story to tell. Mike Landowski, Environmental Educator at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park, will discuss the enchanting life histories of these beautiful insects, their amazing annual migration, and what they can tell us about our human world.

Zac Ballard

Regional Trails Coordinator New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Trail Building in the Finger Lakes State Parks

Saturday, July 27 at 2:15PM at Small Pavilion 1

Ever wonder how hiking trails magically appear in the woods? The Finger Lakes State Parks Regional Trail Crew will talk about sustainable trail design, trail maintenance and construction practices with a practical demonstration of some of the tools and techniques that they use on the trail.

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Josh Teeter

Environmental Educator New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Finger Lakes State Parks: A Behind the Scenes Look

Saturday, July 27th 1:15PM at Presentation Room 2

A discussion of the challenges of providing high quality recreational opportunities for over 74 million visitors a year while simultaneously protecting our valuable natural, historical and cultural resources. I will highlight some of our newest upgrades and feature some of the amazing stewardship projects to give you a deeper understanding of an agency that has a wonderfully difficult mission.

Lt Matthew Lochner

Supervising Environmental Conservation Officer, NYS ENCON Police New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Introduction to Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Safely and Ethically

Saturday, July 27th at 3:15PM in Presentation Room 1

Interested in hunting? Let us introduce you to the benefits of hunting when used as a population management tool and conducted in a legal and ethical manner…as well as the virtues and health benefits of harvesting and preparing wild game and fish.

Madeline Wlasniewski

Wildlife Biologist Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

What’s What in the Woods

Saturday, July 27th 11:15AM in Presentation Room 2

Learn about the wildlife that may cross your path out on the trail!

Mike Landowski

Environmental Educator Humphrey Nature Center Letchworth State Park

Beginning Bird Watching

Saturday, July 27th at 2:15PM at Presentation Room 1

Learn a few important steps to help you identify birds in the field. Anyone can become a “Birder!”

Octavia Sola

Going Solo: Women in Wild Spaces

Saturday, July 27th at 11:15AM in Presentation Room 1

Find out how to prepare for a thru hike and listen to myths and stories of wild women archetypes.

Rick Roberts

President Catskill Mountain Club

Long Distance Backpacking

Saturday, July 27th at 3:15PM in Presentation Room 2

How to plan, what to bring, what it's like.

Scott Magee

Organizer Twisted Branch Trail Run

Running on the Finger Lakes Trails

Saturday, July 27th at 4:15PM in Presentation Room #1

A look at what trail running is, it's growth, and how it affects the trail systems in New York State

Kelley Purcell

Yoga Classes

Saturday, July 27th at 12:15PM in the Poultry Pavilion
Saturday, July 27th at 3:15PM at Main Stage

Try some basic yoga!

Willa Powell

Treasure Hunting in the Woods

Saturday, July 27th all day, each hour starting at 11:15AM at the Small Pavilion 2

Would you and your family like to take a walk in the woods? Try geocaching and see nature in a different way! Use GPS technology to locate treasure hidden in the woods by another player!