Eagle Scout creates guide to bike-hike trail

Thanks to a project by eagle scout Matthew Staudt, visitors to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail can now learn about their surroundings by snapping a QR code with their smartphones. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)Thanks to a project by eagle scout Matthew Staudt, visitors to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail can now learn about their surroundings by snapping a QR code with their smartphones. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

BY REBECCA ISENHART
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Visitors to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Niskayuna have five new opportunities to pause and learn a bit about their surroundings thanks to a recent initiative by a local Eagle Scout.

Matthew Staudt, who is a freshman at Stony Brook University this fall, developed and installed five small signposts along the stretch of trail that connects Blatnick and Lions Parks. Each post bears a QR code, a special square image that connects smartphone owners with a web link.

Each link hosts a short audio recording, researched and created by Staudt, that offers information about birds, trees, history and other topics. The project was completed as part of Staudt’s Eagle Scout project for Troop 37.

Park visitors will need a smartphone with a free QR Code reader app installed in order to access the recordings. Alternatively, the recordings are also available on the town’s website, niskayuna.org.