A collaboration of the Scoville Memorial Library and the Salisbury Association Land Trust
The vast majority of birdwatchers feed, observe, or photograph birds around their homes. In her new book “Birding the Hudson Valley,” author Kathryn Schneider provides tips, guidance, and encouragement for bird enthusiasts of all skill levels and locations to leave their backyards and explore the rich diversity of bird life beyond the bird feeder. Her wide-ranging presentation, which is packed with pictures of birds from the book, includes suggestions for buying binoculars, hints for finding birds, an introduction to bird foods and habitats, and ways to become a better birder.
Kathryn Schneider grew up in Claverack, New York went to Hudson High and then attended Cornell and Princeton universities, where she completed a PhD. She taught college courses in general biology and ornithology at the University of Richmond and later at Hudson Valley Community College. In 1986 she returned Columbia County and for 14 years directed the NY Natural Heritage Program, a biodiversity inventory program run jointly by The Nature Conservancy and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. As a consultant, she conducted bird surveys for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She is past President of the New York State Ornithological Association, a former member of the Columbia County Environmental Management Council, and a Columbia Land Conservancy volunteer. She currently co-chairs the Steering Committee for NY’s third Breeding Bird Atlas Project.