Patty has been a friend of the Gateway Museum and chose to write an article last Spring about the Red Barn Preserve and the opening of our first hiking trail on May 26, 2018. The T.I. Life magazine is widely read by people interested in outdoor hiking and conservation. We have no doubt that readers will show up this summer to explore the Preserve and check out our new trail that will open this Memorial Day weekend.
Dr Jessica Rogers has notified us that she has received funding for her project- “Eradication of Purple Loosestrife in the Heron Trails Reserve, Morristown, NY”. Dr Rogers and two interns will start work this Summer on a two year program to study methods of eradication for this invasive species of plant that works to strangle the cattails and native grasses associated with wetland areas. The Red Barn Preserve is a good site to conduct a study because there are several wetlands in the 160 acre site and a significant presence of Purple Loosestrife plants.
The Gateway Museum has applied to the Northern New York Community Foundation for a $2,000 Grant to fund a viewing platform along the second Blue Heron hiking trail that is scheduled to open before Memorial Day this year. The platform will provide an excellent view of the Blue Heron Rookery and its 60+ nests. There will also be views of the large pond on the western end of the Preserve and its wildlife including the beavers and beaver dams.
Speaking of Blue Herons- we are anxiously waiting for the Blue Herons to return to the Blue Heron Rookery. Each year the birds return in late February/early March to mate and raise another generation of birds. Hopefully the weather will cooperate……………….
I have mentioned in previous Blogs that members of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Museum have been involved with a project to replace the “Welcome to Morristown” signs that are mounted along Route 37. The three signs are important to Morristown because they create awareness to tourists about the Town and attractions in the area. The project to replace the signs with new graphics was moving ahead nicely until the New York State Department of Transportation recently stepped in to challenge the location of the signs. The project is now on hold until we can better understand the DOT concerns.
We are pleased to announce that a new guest speaker has been added to the summer schedule. Mr Rich Henderson- President of the Black Lake Association will join us at the Main Street museum location on August 8th at 6:30pm. Rich is a retired scientist and familiar with the ecological issues at Black Lake.
If you know anyone that would like to volunteer some of their time working at the Museum or Red Barn Preserve- please reach out to us by commenting on this website or call me on my cell phone (614-205-8437) Our volunteers have fun working on the many projects and events outlined above and would welcome new faces to the team.