As we head toward the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, we are already looking at various activities we find of interest. We hasten to note that we are able to do this because we not only have finished our Christmas shopping, we have also shipped the appropriate items to those who will not be joining us for the holidays. We must admit that we are feeling rather good about this. Of course, we will feel even better when we actually finish up our Christmas preparations when we mail our annual greeting to family and friends who are not in this area. But that chore is also underway, leaving us the luxury of looking ahead.
Of course, we must admit that even though we enjoy thinking about the many activities, there are always those which we know we will never be able to actually do. Unfortunately, the upcoming Otsego Land Trust 2013 winter events and outings most definitely fall into this category. But it doesn’t mean we don’t find them of interest and worthy of passing on to those who may choose to partake.
On Friday, December 21, “A Star-gazing Winter Solstice Hike” will be held at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Route 80, Cooperstown, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the start of longer days while looking at the stars with a trek at Brookwood Point. Both children and adults are welcome to participate by ski, snowshoe and/or hike. Hot chocolate will be provided. Participants should bring their own gear and dress warmly. There is no charge for this event.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, a “Backyard Bird Identification Hike” will be held at Brookwood Point from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Those participating should bring binoculars to identify and inventory birds found on the property. Local bird experts will guide hikers on methods of identifying birds and help with data collection. All ages are invited to join in this study, which will be submitted to The Great Backyard Bird Count study. This event is also free.