Eagles & Hummingbids Arriving

In the world of bird watching, size makes a dramatic difference.

Huge raptors -- like our area’s native bald eagles -- command attention with their majestic wingspans and soaring spirals across the sky. Tiny hummingbirds enchant us instead with their closeup antics at every available blossom, and that singular ability to hover using a pair of impossibly blurred wings.

Science educator Gene Weinstein mastered, over many years, the art of photographing both ends of this size spectrum. Now, his images of eagles and hummingbirds alike make up a new exhibition -- Feathers Massive, Feathers Micro -- here at The House. It all takes flight with an opening reception on Sept. 20, from 2-5 pm, after which doors will be open from noon-4 pm on weekends through Oct. 18.

“Bald eagles are the nation’s symbol for good reason,” says Weinstein. “With that exquisite seven-foot wingspan, and impressive feather and color pattern, they perfectly represent strength, durability and freedom.” And they're best photographed in winter.

And as a perfect contrast to eagles, which might be 2,000 times their body weight, hummingbirds were perfect for summer observation. Locally, it's the ruby-throated species. While a bald eagle might ride air currents for hours with barely a twitch of wing or tail, ruby-throats will flap their wings 90 times per second (during courtship even faster) while hanging above a flower sipping nectar. Even a moderate shutter speed simply won’t stop such rapid action.

For more info, check out our "Events and Exhibits " page.

Donna Has Done It!

Donna Schick's presentation on chickens, and eggs, turned the Old Stone House into "Barnyard U" for the evening. And those oddly-colored eggs, tinted as if preparing for Easter? How many knew the color stems from the particular breed of chicken, not the kind of food they eat? Thanks, Donna, for an
informative event.

Chicken vs. Eggs...Which Came First?

Admit it....you still wonder which came first, the chicken or the egg. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, you can ask Sullivan County luminary and local activist Donna Schick, during her “egg-citing” how-to presentation about home-raising chickens, including the hundreds of joys and millions of obstacles. 

It starts at The House at 7pm, followed by a Q-and-A session. Some real live chickens might be in the audience, too, so BBQ grills, ovens and recipe books are not allowed! 

Donna Schick
Donna joins us as part of the August series "Talks at the House," which recently focused on the differences between pornography and erotica, and the astonishing 9/11 photography of Jonathan Hyman.