Responsible Wildlife Viewing

John Haas is the author of A Birding Guide to Sullivan County, New York, copyright © 2007

We are fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife in the area around Yankee Lake. Deer, Bear, Turkey, Geese, Bald Eagles, Raccoons, Porcupines, Opossum, Foxes, Otters, and even an occasional Coyote may all be seen.

Rule of Thumb While we all enjoy seeing these animals, it is important to view them responsibly. An easy method of assessing whether or not you are doing so is called the “Rule of Thumb.” Hold your arm out in front of you as far as you can. Do a “thumbs up.” In your field of view, hold your thumb next to whatever animal you are viewing. If the animal appears larger than your thumb, you are too close. If your thumb is larger than the animal, you are viewing it from an acceptable distance.

In the case of some of our more sensitive species, like our resident Bald Eagles, I suggest doubling the distance (your thumb is twice as large as the animal) to ensure as little stress as possible on these magnificent creatures. Viewing animals from too close a distance can be very stressful on the animal. It can cause fear, separation from young, aggression, and in rare cases an attack. Above is an example of acceptable viewing distance.

By all means, go out and enjoy the lake and the environment. While you are out there, hopefully you will get to see some wildlife. As you view them, give ‘em a “Thumbs Up!” and maintain a proper distance between you and the animal.

Remember, viewing wildlife responsibly ensures your safety, and the welfare of the animal you are watching!

News & Events 6/23/2017

Paint & Sip Party!

Join us in a Paint & Sip Party, Saturday 8 July from 7-9 PM in the Clubhouse. This two-hour painting party is BYOB, and you will paint a Yankee Lake scene guided by Shawn Dell Joyce, an artist from the Wallkill School of Art. All materials and supplies will be provided. You must pre-register to participate! Cost is $30/person. Capacity is limited! Please register online at or call Liam or Regina at (845) 457-2787.

Sponsor a Clubhouse Window!

The YLPA is replacing windows in the “Roller Rink” area of the Clubhouse. You can help defray the costs by sponsoring a window. Sponsorships are $500 per window, and covers purchase and installation. A plaque will be placed under each sponsored window with a message up to 150 characters. Please click this link to download the order form. Submit your form and payment early before we run out of windows!

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Local News 3/14/2017

Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year

It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. Zoologists at the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden have now shown just how true this is – spiders kill astronomical numbers o...

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