The Friends of the Great Swamp (FROGS) created a commemorative quilt over the course of an entire year and it’ll be on display at the Dover Library throughout March, accompanied by a presentation on March 22nd at 6:30


Dear Friends of the Great Swamp,

The GREAT SWAMP QUILT, made by members of FrOGS in honor of the Friends of the Great Swamp 25th Anniversary in November 2015, will be on display at Dover Plains Library for the month of March.

On Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 PM, the ladies who created the quilt will present their program, “Why the Great Swamp is so Great” in the Library Community Room. There will be brief talks about the swamp itself and the making of the quilt. Then the 8-minute film “The Great Swamp” produced by Parker/Hodges Productions and narrated by James Earl Jones will be shown.

There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of the presentation.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Wingdale, New York 12594
Phone: 845-832-6605

Calendar of other upcoming FroGS events:Sunday, February 26: 1 PM 
Naturalist-led Winter Walk
At Great Hollow Nature Preserve, Route 37, New Fairfield, Connecticut. Co-sponsored by Great Hollow. Moderately difficult. Ages 6 and up. Call Judy at 845-878-7740 to reserve. Space is limited to 20.
Facebook event:, March 11: 2-4 PM
Winter Survival
At Great Hollow Nature Preserve. Explore the many adaptations that animals (and people!) have for surviving the cold winter months through hands-on activities, games and a guided hike in the woods. Ages 6 and up; suggested donation of $5 per child. Contact to register. Space is limited to 12.Saturday, March 182017:  7:30 PM
Woodcocks in the Great Swamp
Listen for and observe the unique and very acrobatic mating flights of our native Woodcock with naturalist Beth Herr. She can be reached at (845) 228-5635.
Location: DEC Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Cornwall Hill Road, Patterson, NYSunday, April 2, 2017:   1:00 PM
Living with Black Bears
More of us are seeing black bears in our yards or visiting our bird feeders, but getting along with them calls for some knowledge and common sense. Come learn from an expert, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and bear enthusiast Felicia Ortner. Having studied bears for over 30 years and logged over 280 educational outreach hours throughout NY and New England, Ortner hopes to help people better understand and respect, but not fear, black bears. She will address their natural history as well as awareness, safety, and conservation.
Location: Trinity Pawling Gardiner Theater, Route 22, Pawling, NYWednesday, April 19, 20177:00 PM
“Why the Great Swamp is So Great”
Join FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp) for a lively presentation, to include an explanation of the stunning plant and animal panels of the Great Swamp Quilt, and a showing of the Great Swamp video, narrated by James Earl Jones.
Location: Patterson Library Community Room, 1167 Route 311, Patterson, NY

Sunday, April 23, 20171:30 PM
Summer and Fall Wildflowers and the Role of Pollinators in the Great Swamp 
Carol Gracie, acclaimed naturalist, photographer and author, presents plant species and pollinators and their roles in the Great Swamp ecosystem. Her rich narrative covers such topics as the seasons and colors of native wildflowers; the interesting pollinators of this ecosystem; and the intricate relationships that ensure pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds.
Location: Trinity Pawling Gardiner Theater, Route 22, Pawling, NY

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Author: Harlem Valley News