Based on the astronomical definition of seasons, the autumnal equinox marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, that date is September 22 (@ 9:30am). However, according to the meteorological definition of seasons, which is based on temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar, the first day of fall was on September 1.
The fall months are the best opportunity to view Fomalhaut – one of the brightest stars in the sky at this time of year.
Read about the fall color exhibited by the leaves of New York trees. Read the Guide to Fall Colors in Upstate New York. Read about the science of fall colors. View my blogpage or join me live for the online event, “Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective” (see list of events below).
When will fall colors begin and when will they peak? View The Fall Foliage Prediction Map.
Track the progress of developing fall colors across New York here.
- Fall foliage in the Capital Region: 12 best places to see leaves changing color
- Leaf Peeping Opportunities in Saratoga Springs
- Top 5 Spots for Fall Foliage in Albany
Forage for some wild edibles. Autumn marks the annual ripening of the fruits and seeds of many plants. For me, foraging each fall for ripened hazelnuts and hickory nuts is an annual tradition. If you’d like to learn more about foraging for these tasty wild nuts, please view the list of events below and consider joining me for those upcoming sessions of my Foraging for Wild Edibles series of online presentations.
With the ongoing pandemic and the continuing need to maintain social distancing, any of the following in-person gatherings may be subject to postponement or cancellation – please verify before you attend. Other upcoming events will be conducted as online presentations.
- First Day of Fall Hike (September 22 @ 10am – registration required)
- Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective (online September 22 @ 5:30pm)
- Sketching the Woodland (September 23 @ 4pm – registration required)
- Evening Stroll in the Park (September 23 @ 5pm – registration required)
- Citizen Science: Early Birders (September 24 @ 7:30am)
- Birdwatching @ Nutten Hook (September 26 @ 8am)
- Closing of an Ocean that Trembled the Earth (September 26 @ 11am – registration required)
- Plein Aire Painting (September 26 @ 1pm – registration required)
- Beginner-friendly Birdwatching @ Woodlawn Preserve (September 27 @ 8am)
- Forest Bathing (September 27 @ 9am – registration required)
- Fall Harvest: Fruits, Nuts, Cones and Seeds of Our Native Trees (September 29 @ 9am – registration required)
- Sketching the Woodland (September 30 @ 4pm – registration required)
- Evening Stroll in the Park (September 30 @ 5pm – registration required)
- Birdwatching @ Garnsey Park (October 3 @ 7:30am)
- Foraging for Wild Edibles: Hickory Nuts (online October 3 @ 1pm)
- Foraging for Wild Edibles: ‘Autumnberries’ (online October 4 @ 1pm)
- Birdwatching @ Bog Meadow Brook (October 10 @ 8am)
- Birdwatching @ Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (October 11 @ 8am)
- Winter Raptor Fest (online October 18 @ 9am – registration and admission required)
- Orionids Meteor Shower (pre-dawn hours of October 21 and October 22)
- Birdwatching @ Collins Lake (October 24 @ 8am)
- Halloween Full Moon Hike (October 31 @ 5:15pm – registration required)
- Birdwatching @ Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve (November 1 @ 8:30am)
- Understanding & Interpreting the Landscape (November 7 @ 1pm – registration required)
- North Taurids Meteor Shower (pre-dawn hours of November 12)
- Fall Birding Hike (November 14 @ 8am – registration required)
- Birdwatching @ Tomhannock Reservoir (November 14 @ 8:30am)
- Leonids Meteor Shower (pre-dawn hours of November 17)
- Geminids Meteor Shower (mid-evening of December 13 through pre-dawn of December 14)
Consider trying a new autumnal cocktail while watching one of the online events listed above (or while simply admiring the fall colors or perhaps while watching any of the upcoming meteor showers).