Strawberry Fields Forever: Grand Opening of Our New Preserve!

MHLC welcomes the public to the grand opening of a new preserve in Montgomery County, the first of our 25th anniversary year!

On May 20th, you are invited by the Conservancy, and hosts Jeff and Judy Leon, to join our growing community of Capital Region conservationists at the grand opening of Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, located on Cranes Hollow Road in Amsterdam. The celebration begins at 10 AM with a light breakfast, followed by a grand opening ceremony at 10:30. After the ceremony, guided tours of the new trails will head out to explore the blooming, spring-time landscape of this “oasis for flowers and birds.”

This event is free, but you must reserve your spot by registering online. Please RSVP by May 12th.

RSVP Today!


Strawberry Fields
is 118 acres of protected land. The property includes the nature preserve, a family homestead, and a working farm. It was protected in 2013 under a conservation easement with MHLC. For more information about Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, visit our Preserve page. We also recommend “Strawberry Fields is an oasis for flowers, birds” – a piece written by Karen Bjornland in The Daily Gazette:

It will not be long before the spring flowers are blooming off Cranes Hollow Road in Amsterdam. At the Strawberry Fields Farm Preserve, you will see bloodroot, trout lily, marsh marigold, trillium and mayapple. In July, tiny wild strawberries, the namesake plants of the preserve, will pop up all over the fields.The Daily Gazette

The property provides habitat to abundant and diverse wildlife, and protecting that life is a primary purpose for the preserve. Over 300 vascular plant species, over 100 bird species, and uncounted other members of the food chain have been identified here. Visitors can often spot American woodcock, turkey, ruffed grouse, pileated, red-bellied, downy, and hairy woodpeckers, Northern harrier, bluebirds, bobolink, meadowlark, osprey, red-tailed hawks, and Baltimore orioles. Deer sightings are common, as are squirrels, woodchucks, rabbits and chipmunks. Less commonly sighted are fishers, foxes, bobcats, weasels, and coyotes.

We hope you will join us on May 20th for the grand opening of this ecologically unique and stunningly scenic preserve. RSVP Today!

 

 

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