2017-09-27 / Events

Wild Saturday features Burroughs’ ‘alien invaders’

Roxbury— “Alien Invaders in Burroughs’s Backyard” is the final Wild Saturday program at Woodchuck Lodge. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m., it will feature John Thompson, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, with tales about how Catskill forests have changed since John Burroughs tramped through these woods.

Burroughs, a celebrated writer and naturalist whose 27 books of nature and philosophical essays influenced millions of readers, was born April 3, 1837, and is among the region’s most celebrated native sons. The New York Times devoted most of its front page to his obituary. The funeral was attended by a crowd of farm neighbors and celebrities. And then, on what would have been his 84th birthday, he was buried in what is now John Burroughs Memorial Field, a state historic site just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge and within a mile of the farmstead where he was raised.

Woodchuck Lodge was Burroughs’s summer home from 1910 to 1921. Built in the early 1860s by Burroughs’s older brother Curtis on homestead land where the naturalist was born and raised, it is a registered National Historic Landmark.

Forests on the property are now threatened by the introduction of species that would be unfamiliar to Burroughs. Thompson will discuss the invasive species and talk about what people can do to help protect the Catskill Mountains for the future.

Woodchuck Lodge’s Wild Saturdays have been hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.

The Lodge will also be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8 with docents to guide visitors. These are the final guided tours of the year. Children are welcome. Woodchuck Lodge is located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. For more information visit www.jbwoodchucklodge.org.

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