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May 1, 2015 10:46 EST

Protect 56 acres of Wildlife Habitat at Dyken Pond Center: Newcomb Pond is home to: river otter, beaver, fox, bobcats, great blue herons, fisher, coyote, moose and bear; your donation will directly help protect their habitat!

iCrowdNewswire - May 1, 2015

Protect 56 acres of Wildlife Habitat at Dyken Pond Center

Newcomb Pond is home to: river otter, beaver, fox, bobcats, great blue herons, fisher, coyote, moose and bear. Your donation will directly help protect their habitat!

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Why?

A 56 acre parcel of land around Newcomb Pond is being sold and we have an opportunity to purchase and preserve this piece of land. The land represents 9 acres of open water, emergent wetland, shrub wetland, and forested land. Newcomb Pond provides habitat and territory for a diverse range of wildlife including river otters and great blue herons. Black bears and moose are usually seen in the area.

Acquisition of the new parcel also ensures that it remains a component of the open space of the Rensselaer Plateau, home of one of the largest forest blocks in New York State. These large forest tracts provide habitat for wildlife found at the Center that require large areas of unbroken forest, such as fisher, bear, moose, and porcupine.

Your donation will bring us one step closer to protecting this land.

The Friends of Dyken Pond are an all volunteer group of people in a small organization with big dreams! We have already protected 100 acres through other fundraising campaigns. The Friends of the Dyken Pond Center is a 501 (c)  (3) not-for-profit organization established in 1991 to support the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.  Our mission is to foster ecological literacy and land stewardship by promoting experiential environmental education, supporting the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center’s programs and protecting the natural resources at and around the Center through financial and volunteer support.

The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center offers year round nature programs to people of all ages. We foster a love for the environment through a summer nature camp for kids, a teen Forest Conservation Corps, school field trips, after school programs and public programs.

We also serve as a low-use recreational area. Open daily during daylight hours, the park features  6 miles of trails for hiking,  bird watching and nature photography, with a launch for non-motorized boats, and areas on the shoreline for great fishing.  Four trails are self-guiding, allowing you to learn about our plants and animals at your own pace.

Newcomb Pond will add 56 acres to our existing land and trail system for visitors to hike to and enjoy as part of our educational programs.  But more importantly, protecting this land will protect habitat.

We rely on community support and cannot make this happen without YOU!

Once the land is gone, it’s gone forever. Help us Protect Newcomb Pond today!

For more information visit dykenpond.org

 

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