Wildlife Sightings

Have you spotted wildlife in your explorations of the Rensselaer Plateau? You may add them to this user-friendly map:

Submit Your Mammal Sightings 2013  to submit a sighting, you will need to sign in to this free website as a user. From there follow directions on top of the map.

Older Maps of Wildlife Sightings

Submit your observations on local birds to this user-friendly national website:       www.ebird.org

Birding Walks:

photo 2photo taken by Michael Gates

Saturday, May 4, 2013: Bird Walk with Mary Batchellor:

Early migrants still arriving. Beautiful sunny day. 33 species sighted.

Red-winged blackbird, Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Pileated woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, Northern flicker, American robin, Blue jay, Mourning dove, Dark eyed junco, Tree swallow, Phoebe,  Black-capped chickadee, Chipping sparrow, Song sparrow, Swamp sparrow, Winter wren, Cowbird, Northern waterthrush, Purple finch, American redstart, Black and White warbler, White-throated sparrow, Golden-crowned kinglet, Blue-headed vireo, Brown creeper, Mallard, Ovenbird, Black-throated, green warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler, Goldfinch, Turkey vulture, Red-shouldered hawk, Broad-winged hawk.


Saturday, May 5, 2012: Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center:  Bird Walk led by Mary Batchellor:

A great birding day: leaves just coming out making sightings of birds easier than normal. Many birds just returning this week. A bald eagle was spotted later in the day.  35 species sighted.

Black-throated Green Warbler,  Chestnut-sided warbler, Blackburnian warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellow-throat, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue warbler, Black and White warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler, Northern waterthrush, Brown creeper, White-breasted nuthatch, Red-breasted nuthatch, White-throated sparrow, Swamp sparrow,  Rose-breasted grosbeak, Blue-headed vireo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Flicker, Downy woodpecker, Common grackle,  Tree swallow, Barn swallow,  Brown-headed cowbird, Mourning dove, Chickadee, Ruby crowned kinglet, Goldfinch, Purple finch, Red-winged blackbird,Junco,  American robin, Bluejay,  Chipping sparrow, Great-blue heron, Loon

5-legged salamander


One of our sharp-eyed environmental educators spied this little guy on our grounds one morning.  We all had to blink and look twice to believe what we were seeing.  This phenomena is rousing the worried-fascination of the science community.  A bit more background can be found at the following link:  http://www.livescience.com/animals/081029-deformed-salamanders.html