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The Plotter Kill Preserve ( https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/north-rim-and-south-rim-red-trail-loop?ref ) is located in the Town of Rotterdam. The North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We will meet in the parking area/trailhead just off Mariaville Road (Rte 159), (NOT the lot off of Coplon Road), between 10 and 10:15 AM. After a hike and chat along the trail (footwear for mud likely a good idea this time of year, as is tick prep https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html ), we may continue conversation at an eatery nearby (Tops Diner?). We are meeting at a different nature preserve in the ECOS Seven Preserve Challenge (with occasional deviation) every 2 weeks for a walk and talk session. After the Walking/Talking we will consider adjourning to a nearby diner for lunch and further discussion. I'll have forms for those who wish to complete the challenge and get a patch from ECOS ( http://www.ecosny.org ). Tentative future locations and dates are as follows: Indian Kill Nature Preserve July 6, Wolf Hollow at Hoffman's Fault July 20, Schenectady County Forest Preserve August 3, and Christman Sanctuary August 17. Additional trails every 2 weeks after that will be scheduled depending on expressed interest.
Please consider listening to/watching one or more of the following in advance: Background info: Edutainment Forum is a bi-weekly series that is intended to be eclectic and dedicated to educate with an entertainment flavor. A meeting theme will be announced before each meeting as will links to some videos related to that topic . Discussion will start with introductions and an opportunity for each person to voice their personal view of the topic. As interest allows, we will stream one or more of those linked videos or others as suggested by participants with newcomers' preferences given priority. The videos should be limited to at most about 20 minutes each to have time to view the theme from different perspectives. We will enjoy glorious discussion after each video, hopefully satisfying most questions and interests before moving on to the next. Toward the end of each session please feel free to request continuing the current topic or recommending a new one. Feedback comments are always appreciated as are suggestions for videos and future themes.
Science on Tap Presents Playing Hide & Seek with the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter Speaker: Dr. Cecilia Levy, U. Albany https://www.albany.edu/physics/clevy.shtml Did you know that everything we see makes up only about 5% of the Universe? So where is the rest? And, what is the rest? For two decades, particle physicists have been involved in the biggest game of hide and seek ever played: trying to detect the non-visible matter of the Universe. In this talk, Dr. Cecilia Levy (UAlbany) will explain in very general terms what is the famous dark matter that you hear about everywhere, why it's so hard to actually detect, and why it's so important. Finally, she will give a glimpse into the life of an experimental particle physicist, and show you how we actually try to win the game, and finally find where dark matter is hiding! As always, Science on Tap is free and open to the public, even if you are under 21! Science on Tap is a program of Cap Sci which aims to advance the public understanding of science in the New York Capital Region. The mission is to foster interactions between scientists and non-scientists, to promote science-based public policy and scientifically literate policy makers, and to nurture diversity within the scientific community. For new events check - https://www.facebook.com/CapSciNY/ For more general info - https://www.capsciny.org
The hiking Area ( https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/ ) is located - in the Town of X. We will meet in the parking area/trailhead between 10 and 10:15. After a hike and chat along the trail (footwear for mud likely a good idea this time of year), through the woods and ..., we may continue conversation at an eatery on nearby .... We will be meeting at a different nature preserve in the ECOS Seven Preserve Challenge (with the exception of the Woodlawn Preserve on Memorial Day weekend) every 2 weeks for a walk and talk session. After the Walking/Talking we will consider adjourning to a nearby diner for lunch and further discussion. I'll have forms for those who wish to complete the challenge and get a patch from ECOS ( http://www.ecosny.org ). Tentative locations and dates are as follows: Bozenkill Preserve June 8, Plotter Kill Preserve June 22, Indian Kill Nature Preserve July 6, Christman Sanctuary July 20, Schenectady County Forest Preserve August 3. Additional trails every 2 weeks after that will be scheduled depending on expressed interest.