Catskills' geology and dragonflies featured at Burroughs programs

The geological history of the Catskills and the secret life of dragonflies will be topics of a pair of free, family-friendly presentations on August 2 and 3 in Roxbury, sponsored by Woodchuck Lodge, Inc.
On Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. Hartwick College, geology Professor Bob Titus will offer an informal talk at Burroughs Memorial Field, the State Historic Site just up Burroughs Memorial Road from Woodchuck Lodge, the rustic farmhouse where naturalist John Burroughs spent summers from 1910 to 1920. The talk, “Left by a Glacier: John Burroughs’ Boyhood Rock,” will take place beside the glacial erratic boulder where Burroughs daydreamed as a child and which now serves as the monument at his gravesite.
Prof. Titus is the author of The Catskills: A Geological Guide, The Catskills in the Ice Age, and The Other Side of Time. His popular talks are always an entertaining walk through earth’s formative eons.
On Sunday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m., join Larry Federman of Audubon New York for a fun-filled outing with dragonflies and damselflies.  Larry will present an introduction to these creatures, dispel some myths, and give an overview of the New York State Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey. Visitors will then attempt to catch these beautiful insects, a challenging activity since they can fly at speeds up to 30 mph. After identifying the dragons and damsels, they will be released back into the wild.
Larry is asstistant warden/educator at the Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm and RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries.
Woodchuck Lodge will be open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, and again on August 31. There is no admission charge, but donations towards the restoration and upkeep of the 1860s building are greatly appreciated.
Two more free programs are planned this season at Woodchuck Lodge. On Sept-ember 6: the topic will be “In the Field with Pen and Paper: Nature Poetry and Journaling at Woodchuck Lodge,” with NYS Depart-ment of Environ-mental Conservation Educator Rich Parisio.
On October 4, John McDaniel, program director of Manhattan Country School Farm in Roxbury, will lead an informal nature walk titled “Earthspeak: Learning the Language of the Land.”
Woodchuck Lodge is a National Historic Landmark located on Burroughs Memorial Road off Hardscrabble Road, three miles from NYS Route 30, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.
For more information, please go to www.roxbury ny.com/visit/history, or call 586-4973. To contribute towards the upkeep and ongoing restoration of this historic site, please send donations to Woodchuck Lodge, P.O. Box 492, Roxbury, NY 12474.