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Female Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus). This boreal species is a common sight along Shingle Shanty Brook. The Black-backed Woodpecker, like the American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), feeds by flaking off the bark of dead conifers.


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Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station hosts field courses open to the general public, multi-day college classes, and welcomes educational day trips. If you are interested in pursuing an educational activity at the Preserve, please contact the Project Manager.

Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station is accredited by the New York State Department of Education. In addition to offering field courses, the Preserve can provide a location for research and educational opportunities for academic institutions that do not have access to their own research forests (e.g. small private universities and community colleges), as well as educational opportunities in field biology.

Shingle Shanty Field Study

Michaux's Sedge (Carex michauxiana) and field study in the Preserve.

Field Courses

Important General Information

The remoteness of this field site will require participants to camp in tents on the Preserve. Meals will be provided at a rustic cabin near the campsite. There is no access to electricity, running water, cellular telephone reception or the internet. To view a recommended equipment list, click here.

For further information, or to register, contact:
Stephen Langdon, Project Manager
Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station
(518) 593-5723

2016 Field Courses.

The Science and Art of Identifying, Classifying and Naming Plants

Instructors: Andrew Lane Gibson, Field Botanist/Ecologist, Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, and John T. Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL

Maximum Class Size: 8
Dates: August 1-5, 2016
Cost: $450.00, which includes food.

This four-day class will present an overview of these centuries-old processes, which have changed in many ways from ancient times to the present. Gaining an understanding of how plants are identified and named, and the fascinating stories behind many of their names, will have you looking at plants in a different way. Using the distinctive flora of the Adirondacks, we will have abundant opportunities to corroborate the skills we have learned, to identify plants and understand their botanical names – at home and afield.

Fantastic Fungi of the Adirondacks
Instructor: Rick Van de Poll, Ph.D.
Maximum Class Size: 8
Dates: August 17-20, 2016
Cost: $450.00, which includes food.

This short course on mycology will introduce the beginner and amateur mushroomer to the intricate world of higher fungi in the Adirondacks. For beginners, this course will introduce basic ecological concepts as well as the major macro-fungi groups. For someone familiar with these basic groups of mushrooms as well as their role in nature, this course will take the learner deeper into the realm of taxonomy by using fresh specimens and diagnostic keys.

Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. He has recorded over 1300 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. After studying with Dr. Harry Thiers at San Francisco State University for 2 years, he taught mycology at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001, and currently teaches mycology as an adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University.

Here is a short clip of Rick describing the distinguishing features of two mushrooms: