Hi. My name is Kali Bird. I founded Hike New York as an extension of what I love and what I love to do.
I love beautiful, precious natural areas that are worth protecting for the health and enjoyment of ourselves, our communities, and our children. And I work hard doing my part to help maintain protection for these areas.
I love to see others experience the joy, wonder, and rest brought by spending quality time in healthy natural areas--places where you can taste the fresh air, still reminiscent of the fern that just released it; where you can watch pileated woodpeckers peck for grubs as warblers sing you the most beautiful songs; or where you can spy on tree frogs calling for their mates, becoming silent for a moment as you draw closer.
As an ecologist and educator, I'm passionate about making outdoor experiences accessible and fun for everyone, and empowering people to feel confident exploring the outdoors for themselves and with their families. This means that if you're not already, I want to help you feel confident identifying poison ivy, reading and using maps, and finding answers about the natural world that you, your kids, or your friends may have. I primarily lead EcoTours.
I am also an avid trail runner with a serious mountain addiction. I live in Beacon, New York, where the Hudson Highlands are my backyard and the Shawangunks and Catskills my playground. You can follow my adventures on Instagram.
Regional Environmental Leadership
Photo credits: Main image – Stefan Lisowski, Upper right – Jarad Mellard. Gallery images: Rovers - Chris Ingui, Marsh - Chris Bowser, Birding - Danyelle Davis, Turtle - Cappy Bird, Running - John Gunn, Close-up & Long Dock - Rob Penner (Rob Penner Photography), Invasive Plant Walk - Pam Freeman (Cary Institute).