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Happy 2021, and good riddance to 2020! 

To start out the New Year in a positive way,  Lewisboro Land Trust plans the next hike for youngsters on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Old Field Preserve. This Winter Toddler Hike is designed for babies and toddlers (from birth to 3 years, with caregivers), and the timing avoids the usual naptimes. Toddlers can walk at their own pace, while stopping to look around and explore on the trail. The entrance to Old Field is on the east side of Mead Street (intersection of Schoolhouse Road) in Waccabuc. Advance registration is required; participation is limited to 15 families. To register for either event, visit lewisborolandtrust.org.

 

Bedford Audubon Society will host a virtual multimedia presentation Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., courtesy of Anne Swaim, executive director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Learn about how birds build their nests, how they develop from eggs to fledglings, and what you can do if you find young birds needing help. 

field trip to Greenwich Point Park is also planned tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 9, with naturalist Tait Johannson, from 8 a.m. to noon. This Greenwich peninsula (also known as Tod’s Point) is an important stopover area for many bird species, some of which are on the state and global endangered list. Past sightings include brant, owls, long-tailed ducks, scoters, goldeneyes, loons and other waterbirds, and some songbirds as well. The hike is easy; program is free. Meet at 7 a.m. at Bylane Farm, Audubon’s headquarters, to caravan to the park, or at 8 a.m. in the Tod’s Point parking lot on the right after the gatehouse. 

Bedford Audubon’s next Third Thursday Bird Walk on Maple Avenue, led by Tait Johansson, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cost is free, but registration is limited. 

Another winter birding activity is to volunteer for the annual Eaglewatch, which is monitored by Mr. Johansson and a team from Bedford Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon. Starting Thursday, Jan. 14, and continuing every Thursday through February at 90 minutes before sunset, the group monitors roosting bald eagles in the Lower Hudson Valley Important Bird Area. The data collected is then shared with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. To participate, call 232-1999, or email tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org

If you are brave enough to dine out these days, downtown White Plains is having its own Restaurant Month, continuing until Jan. 31. Prix fixe lunches are $20.95, and dinners are $30.95. Take-out options are also available. Participating restaurants include Asian Legend, Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar, Holy Crab, La Bocca Ristorante, Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, Little Drunken Chef, Morton’s Steakhouse, Sundance Kitchen & Cantina, Walter’s Hot Dogs, and Whiskey Lounge. To view all participating restaurants and their hours and locations, visit wpbid.com

Bedford Free Library is starting up new sessions for various activities in the new year.  Lego Club with Gus will be held via Zoom on Mondays, from 4 to 5 p.m. The program, for kindergarteners to fifth graders, starts Jan. 25, and continues on Feb. 1, 8, 22, and March 1. Legos are supplied by the library. Registration is required.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme via Zoom starts up on Wednesdays in February, at 9:30 a.m., with Session 1 on Feb. 3, 10, 24, and March 3 and 10; and Session 2 on March 17, 24 and April 7,14 and 21. These sessions are designed for babies from 4 to 12 months, with an adult caregiver. On the same dates starting at 10 a.m., Musical Mother Goose sessions, also via Zoom, will be held for babies from 12 to 30 months, also accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to sign up for just one of these sessions due to their popularity. For registration and more information, visit bedfordfreelibrary.org

On another note, I was so glad to hear that Gizmo, the missing llama, was found in the woods near where it first went missing. I wonder what it survived on in the meantime. It seems miraculous since the first notice was posted on Dec. 19 and the “found” notice arrived on Dec. 30. Gizmo must be a hearty llama! Congratulations to the owners, who must have been overjoyed. We all need more happy endings these days.

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