As the seasons shift throughout the Hudson Valley we hope you will join us at Blooming Hill Farm this October to learn about the importance and beauty of our regions native flora and fauna. Be sure to bring a journal, camera, and binoculars as we will also explore nature photography and storytelling.
Date: TBD October 2021
Registration is required — $125 — Includes a three hour workshop, a 90 minute Zoom Meeting to review images, and farm fresh fare from Blooming Hill Farm Restaurant.
Location: Blooming Hill Farm — South Blooming Grove, NY
About Blooming Hill Farm: Situated within the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, Blooming Hill offers magnificent views and exceptional fall color throughout its forests, meadows and wetlands. The picturesque, organic farm manages a large portion of their 100+ acres as natural areas providing ecosystem service and a tranquil place to observe the bounty of nature. The Satterly Creek meanders through the farms natural areas and is bordered by riparian forests and meadows.
What to Expect to Encounter and Photograph in October:
At Blooming Hill Farm you will traverse through three ecosystem types: upland forests, meadows and wetlands. An early morning will likely lead to some opportunity to observe a variety of different birds whom frequent the transitional areas between two ecosystem types. We may come across birds such as warblers, sparrows, and more specifically Eastern bluebird, cedar waxwing, great blue heron and common migratory and backyard species.
Throughout the walk we will observe in detail the movement through the food chain starting with sunlight consumption by plants, the insect visitors to flowers, and fauna which prey upon plant food (think seeds and fruit) and insects.
Like a watercolor painting, goldenrod, mountain-mint, broom sedge and little bluestem create a mosaic of copper, gold and bronze. Bursts of color arise from giant fall blooming wildflowers like New England aster and Joe-pye weed. The movement of the crisp fall breeze through the meadow is graceful and life continues to teem above the flowers with butterflies, insect pollinators and birds.
Notable transformation takes place throughout the fall landscape creating a mosaic of copper, gold and bronze. It is peak season of beauty for the meadows of native warm season grasses and wildflowers.
The opportunity at the farm and this unique event is possible thanks to the intentions of Blooming Hill Farm to rewild and maintain with ecology in mind.
Please note face masks are required for this workshop.
Tracy Hanson is an ecologist specializing in the relationships of native flora and fauna of the
northeast. Tracy earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
Tracy has worked at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania where she managed
30+ acres of wildflower meadows, wetlands, woodland trails and formal gardens. She has
worked for The Nature Conservancy doing land restoration and stewardship. She has experience controlling and monitoring invasive plants, restoring floodplain forests and creating
wildflower meadows. Tracy has also held internships at The Wetlands Institute and aboard the AJ Meerwald Tall Ship.
Tracy resides in northern New Jersey with her husband and two young girls. Together they enjoy the outdoors and projects around their home and garden. They have established a wildflower meadow on their former front lawn as a demonstration of rewilding our landscape. The pocket meadow is a place of great joy and exploration for the whole family.
Tracy is happy talking plants and excited to share her knowledge and passion for the flora and fauna of the northeast.