Learn about forest creatures at Woodchuck Lodge

Roxbury — A woodland walk with licensed New York State Guide Aaron Engel will be featured in the next “Wild Saturday” program Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury
“Foxes and Other Fur Bearers” is a free program, sponsored by Lamont Engineers. All are welcome. The program is inspired by a Burroughs book of essays in which the famed naturalist describes observations of forest dwellers including squirrels, skunks, raccoons, opossums, porcupines, foxes and the ubiquitous woodchuck, so common about his Roxbury farmhouse.

Porch reading
Part of the book will be read at the front porch-gathering place for the walk, where John Burroughs himself began many a ramble through field and forest. An audio version can be heard at http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/book/squirrels-and-other-fur-bearers-by....
Aaron Engel of Autumn Peaks Guide Service has been a licensed hunting, fishing and boating guide for three years. He will lead visitors on a pleasant walk to John Burroughs Memorial Field just up the road in search of signs of some of the more common small mammals that call the Catskills home. A few feathered friends, like ruffed grouse, may also be observed, or at least discussed.

Regular sessions
“Wild Saturdays” are held the first Saturday of the month through October. The final event in the series will be October 5 when Molly Marquand of Catskills Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will talk about “Forest Invaders: The Catskills’ Least Wanted.”
Visitors are welcome to come early or linger after the program to tour the rustic farmhouse where Burroughs spent summers from 1910 to 1920. The Lodge is open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on the first weekend of every month. Reservations are not needed. A picnic table is available for open-air lunch!
For more information go to www.woodchucklodge.org or call 586-4973.