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Woodchuck Lodge releases its “Wild Saturdays” schedule for the 2014 season

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Woodchuck Lodge, a National Historic Landmark in Roxbury, N.Y. and birthplace of noted author and naturalist John Burroughs, will offer its popular “Wild Saturdays” series of nature programs again this year.

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Occurring on the first Saturday of each month from May through October, these talks, walks, musical presentations and exhibits will be part of the mix presented from the porch. All programs begin at 1 p.m. and are free to the public.

This is the schedule of events from yesterday's press release:

May 3 -- “John Burroughs in the Adirondacks,” with Dr. Barbara Kearns. Based on the essay "The Adirondacks," written by Burroughs in 1866 about his travels to the Adirondacks in 1863. Dr. Kearns will retrace his hiking route in this illustrated talk. Excerpts from the essay will be read by Karen Underwood, a Woodchuck Lodge trustee.

June 7 -- John Burroughs Memorial Locust and Wild Honey Orchestra performing original and traditional tunes inspired by Burroughs’ essays. This program is part of Headwaters History Weekend.

July 5 -- “Bald and Golden Eagles in the Catskills,” the come-back, natural history, and new information on migration habits and patterns, with biologist and wildlife rehabilitator Peg DiBenedetto.

August 2 -- “Around Roxbury,” an informal walk through history with Roxbury Town Historian Anthony Liberatore and Dan Underwood.

Sept. 6 -- “What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?,” a talk and exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the bird’s extinction.

Oct. 4 -- An Autumn Nature Walk for the Whole Family, with outdoor educator John McDaniel.

These programs are sponsored by Lamont Engineers of Cobleskill, Jim Cuttita Agency of Roxbury, Claude Lutz Insurance of Prattsville and Crystal Springs Farm of New Kingston. For directions and news of other events please visit the Woodchuck Lodge website.

To learn more about John Burroughs, read "A Post Card Portrait of John Burroughs"