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Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve serves double duty as host to bird-monitoring station | The Daily Gazette

Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve serves double duty as host to bird-monitoring station | The Daily Gazette

Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve serves double duty as host to bird-monitoring station | The Daily Gazette
November 15
09:47 2020

For a half century now, Jeff Leon has remained passionate about two things: The environment and good rock n’ roll music with a message.

“I came out of college in 1970 very concerned about the environment and convinced that we were ruining it,” said Leon, a New York City native who has lived on the family’s summer homestead in Montgomery County just east of Amsterdam since 2000. “And I guess I also came out of college listening to John Lennon. They were both very important to me.”

Leon’s love for Lennon and his interest in the environment become quickly evident as you head onto his property just off Cranes Hollow Road in the Town of Amsterdam. On the way up a steep hill toward his home, his family’s farm and the Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve, you pass about a dozen signs with the lyrics of Lennon’s 1967 classic “Strawberry Fields Forever.” On the way back down visitors see more sign posts on the other side of the road with the words to another Lennon classic from 1971, his solo piece “Imagine.”

“When I retired in 2002 I was thinking about how I could ‘think global and act local,’” said Leon, who was based in New York City most of his life and who worked in the corporate world for Avon Cosmetics for more than three decades. “One of the ways to do that was to make sure the land doesn’t get overdeveloped. I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen here.”

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