The Beacon Sloop Club
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Thursday - March 19, The Beacon Sloop Club's 2020 Winter Lecture Series Presents:
Bringing Back the Legend: Cougar Recovery in EasternNorth America w/ Christopher Spatz

At the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon (adjacent to the harbor, across from the train station) - FREE EVENT!

[TBD] The Beacon Sloop Club's 2020 Winter Lecture Series Presents: Bringing Back the Legend: Cougar Recovery in Eastern North America w/ Christopher Spatz. The search for the eastern cougar is one of the great riddles in North American natural history. Despite thousands of sightings from Maine to Mississippi, only a dozen confirmations have emerged east of Chicago during the past generation. Members of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation have conducted sanctioned remote camera surveys in seven eastern states, investigated years of field evidence and cougar reports, and advised the CT DEEP on their evaluation of the Black Hills cougar killed in Connecticut.

Christopher Spatz, former president of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, has run remote camera surveys at High Point State Park, NJ and in the Shawangunks at Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve. Reviewing his survey findings with cougar biology, behavior and their current range, Chris will explain why sightings don't produce evidence, and how restorations of this magnificent predator are imperative for the recovery of critically declining eastern forests. Cougar Rewilding Foundation (

Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Dr., Beacon | (845) 463-4660 & (914) 879-1082 |


Learn the basics of sailing in a classroom situation and potentially become a member of the crew on the "Woody Guthrie", historic wooden replica of a gaff-rigged Hudson River Sloop. Class meets once a week on Wednesday evenings, beginning April 8th and finishing on May 29th. Classes run from 7 - 9PM and the total cost is $50 (includes a textbook for you to keep 8 sessions). All classes will be held at the Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Drive, a wooden shingled building at the river's edge across from the Beacon train station.

(8 Weds. Apr. 08 Apr. 15, Apr. 22, Apr. 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27). Further Info: 201-259-9634 | Email: |

Apr. 08 - Introduction
Apr. 15 - Upwind Sailing
Apr. 22 - Downwind Sailing
Apr. 29 - Anchoring, Mooring and Docking
May 6 - Rules of the Road, Aids to Navigation and Charts
May 13 - Safety and Emergency
May 20 - Weather, Tides and Currents
May 27 - Overall Review