Just a word of caution:
Hunting season with firearms starts this Saturday Nov. 16th
and runs until Dec. 8th. As we are surrounded by private
land where it is legal to hunt, I would recommend using caution when in the
higher elevations of the Nature Preserve at the Field Trail and especially the
Anthill Trail Area (around the Water Tower area). The Anthill Trail,
Cross Country Ski Trail, and Snowshoe Trails are adjacent to private properties
and hunters are often crossing our upper elevation property especially opening
day. I suggest wearing bright colors, especially orange, if you go up
into the higher elevations through Dec. 8th. This isn't to
make everyone paranoid of being shot, but just to be careful.
Hunting generally takes place during early morning, but hunting may
occur all day in the surrounding private lands. Archery season (bow
hunting) started weeks ago and ends Dec. 17. Many of you are aware
that there are deer hunting blinds next to the field trail and on the borders
of BU property; these are the wood and cloth 'tree house' structures or seats
strapped to trees. Do not approach hunting blinds. Again, this
is not to make people angry or afraid, just to be informed and cautious.
Police 607-777-2393 Last year I had reports of hunters with bad
behavior. Do not confront them, just call the police. Hunters
should not be down in the lower elevations, around the pond, or near the
Since, we have an overpopulation of deer on campus and in the Nature Preserve,
it isn't necessarily a bad thing to have few deer being hunted. We don't
have enough natural predators to keep the deer population under control.
Deer have a negative impact on the regeneration of the forest, since they
eat most or all of the understory.
Family Weekend Walks
Saturday, October 26, 1pm,
Meet at the Top of Lot M
Sunday, October 27, 10am
All are welcome to our Family
weekend tours of the Nature Preserve.
The fall colors are still wonderful to see.
Fall Bird Migration
Look to the skies as many
raptors are still migrating.
Peregrine Falcon, Osprey,
Red-Tailed hawks, Cooper’s Hawk, Turkey Vultures have all been spotted.
Songbirds are still passing
through: White Throated Sparrows, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Ruby Crowned
Kinglets, Eastern Towhee, Cedar Waxwings have been seen among the regular
Chickadees and Robins. Various
woodpeckers have been quite active: Flickers, Downy, Hairy, and Pileated
Full Moon Walk
Friday, October 18th,
7pm, Meet at the Top of Lot M
It is the Hunter’s Moon this
Friday. The full moon is always a good reason for an evening walk.
Maybe we’ll hear some early owl calls. We’ll have a bat detector to
see if there are any bats still around.
Fall Foliage Walk
Saturday, October 19th,
11am, Meet at the Top of Lot M
Our hills are a palette of
color. Which trees are red, yellow, brown or purple? Come find out
with us. Note, the earlier time to beat the rain.
Saturday, October 12, 11am and 2pm, Meet at the Top of Lot M
Homecoming Weekend Walks
All are welcome to our Homecoming Weekend walks.