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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015

June 2015

Batty for Bats
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 PM
Val Mitchell, current Naturalist Intern at Rogers and a previous bat technician, for a presentation about bats! Learn interesting and fun facts about bats, discover how important they are to us and our environment, and what we can do to help them. After the presentation, build your own bat house to take home! ($15 per bat house built) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Family Fun Program: What's Bugging You?
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 AM
They're in the grass and in the air. They're in your house and in your pool. They're everywhere! Bugs! Insects are most plentiful during the summer months; it is the perfect time to "get the bug" and challenge your inner entomologist to go outdoors and investigate the bugs around us! (Free All Ages) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 6, 2:00 PM
Join us on National Trails Day for a walk around the Old Field Trail. This half-mile trail hosts a variety of bird species, as well as cottontail rabbits and deer. Several ponds along the way are home to painted turtles, which may be sunning on the logs, as well as frogs, fish, ducks and muskrats. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Herp Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 6, 2:00 PM
Come along for an adventure in the woods as we search for different reptiles and amphibians. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, June 7, 10:00 AM
Join herpetologist Bill Cutler on a search for amphibians and reptiles. Kids as well as adults love learning about them. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call Bill to register and/or for additional information at 845-807-0291.

Birds and Babies - Fun for the Whole Family
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 13, 10:00 AM
Birds that remain at Five Rivers for the summer usually have babies and raise their young here. We'll watch for signs of breeding activity: males trying to attract mates, couples building nests, or young birds already out and about. Join us for a glimpse into the family life of birds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Evening Bird Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday, June 19, 7:00 PM
Evenings can be a great time to look for birds. Join us on this stroll to observe bird feeding and nesting activity. We hope to see swallows and swifts catching their evening meal over Wooduck Marsh. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we have a few pairs to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Natural History Walk with Jack Austin
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, June 20th, 8:30 AM
Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with naturalist Jack Austin as you see and listen to what is nesting, growing, and maturing in mid-summer. Wear good walking shoes as there may be wet areas and bring insect repellent. Meet at the Stop Sign parking area, off Haven Road (South Road side). For information, contact Jack at 845-856-0706 or cell at 845-649-8720.

Fun with Dad: Stream Dreams
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 20, 10:00 AM
Families are invited to explore the Vlomankill together for Father's Day. We'll gather at the education center, then walk to the stream to uncover hidden treasures, from stonefly nymphs to crayfish. Wear rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet. No flip-flops, please. Space is limited. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, June 17 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Stroller Strut
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 10:00 AM
Bring a stroller or wagon and share a sensory exploration of nature with your young child. For children ages 3 and under. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Senior Stroll
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 AM
Experience nature at your own pace, and enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the woods. Bring a lunch if you want to eat outdoors after the tour. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class #6
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 PM
Summer residents only! Why do some birds stay just for the summer? Learn about the catbirds, orioles, warblers and other summer residents in the woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Vernal Ponds: An Important Habitat
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 27, 10:00 AM
Vernal ponds or ephemeral pools are temporary bodies of water that provide habitat for a wide variety of organisms. Many species rely on the fleeting nature of these ponds for a safe place to lay eggs and have young develop. Bob Benton a local herpetologist, will highlight many of the specialized plants and animals associated with vernal pools. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Puddles to Ponds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 27, 10:30 AM
Bring your kids to explore the many life forms found in puddles and ponds. Please dress for the outdoors, and wear footwear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

July 2015

Dragons in Your Backyard
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM
Discover the fascinating lives of dragonflies and damselflies on this guided walk. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Citizen Science: Annual Butterfly
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 11, 2:00 PM
What's red, white and blue and flutters in the wind? It and others like it are flying all over the grounds. Come join our annual census of local butterflies as we gently catch, identify and release specimens unharmed. Nets are welcome. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Friday, July 3. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Advanced Birding: Flight
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 PM
Have you ever watched birds fly and wondered what it would be like and how they do it? In this second session of Advanced Birding, we will focus on adaptations of bird flight. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, July 16, 8:00 PM
Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact from fiction, and learn about the only true flying mammals. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Puddles to Ponds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 18, 10:30 AM
Bring your kids to explore the many life forms found in puddles and ponds. Please dress for the outdoors, and wear footwear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Invasive Species Awareness Week
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 18, 2:00 PM
Join us to learn more about one of the main reasons animals are on the endangered species list in New York State. Invasive species are conquering the globe, traveling on boats, planes and cars. Learn about some of our most destructive local invaders during this indoor presentation and outdoor walk. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Firefly Watch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, July 23, 7:30 PM
Fireflies are affected by light pollution and the use of pesticides. Learn how you can help scientists track declining firefly populations. After a short presentation, we'll make "firefly-proof" flashlights and demonstrate how to watch fireflies in your own backyard. We'll end with a hike to observe firefly activity at Five Rivers. This is part of a citizen science firefly monitoring program sponsored by Tufts University and the Boston Museum of Science. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 PM
Come meet the thrush family, some of the most beautiful songsters of the bird world. Lean about robins, wood and hermit thrushes, veeries and bluebirds. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Full "Buck Moon" Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, July 31, 8:30 PM
Enjoy a guided walk along the trails as we learn some interesting facts about white-tailed deer and observe their behaviors. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the outdoors. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

August 2015

Fairy Houses at Amherst State Park
Hosted by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve; event located at Amherst State Park, Buffalo, NY
Saturday, August 1, 10:00 AM
Join a naturalist from Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in creating a "house" to attract nature's fairies--butterflies! Once you learn how, you can make one anywhere. For children ages 5 to 10. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up and to receive directions to Amherst State Park.

Citizen Science: Bat Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday, August 7, 7:30 PM
Bats are fascinating animals, and their populations are in trouble. Some species in New York have declined by more than 90 percent in the last ten years. Five Rivers has been counting bats at the Jones Barn for many years. Join us for this indoor program and an outdoor walk and bat count to learn more about these maligned and vital creatures. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Bees and Butterflies
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 8, 10:30 AM
Join us for an indoor learning experience about honey bees and monarch butterflies. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 15, 10:00 AM
A favorite with families, this trail features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to Beaver Pond, with excellent opportunities to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna and the beaver lodge. Join us as we watch for beaver, muskrats, turtles and their neighbors. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Sounds of Cicadas
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 15, 2:00 PM
There are more than 1,500 species of cicadas, but not all make their presence known here at Five Rivers. Come join us for an indoor overview of cicadas, then venture afield in search of these fascinating insects in their natural habitat. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, August 12. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Wild Turkey and Old Field Trails
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 22, 2:00 PM
Explore portions of the Wild Turkey and Old Field Trails. We'll keep our eyes open for grassland birds such as tree swallows and bluebirds around the fields, and enjoy dragonflies skimming over the ponds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Aliens!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 22, 2:00 PM
Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class #8
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 PM
Meet the boisterous black birds--crows, grackles, red-wings, starlings and cowbirds. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

The Ol' Watering Hole
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 AM
Whether it's people building cities or wildlife looking for sustenance, we all seem to be attracted to water. We will visit several waterbodies at Five Rivers, including ponds, marshes and a stream. Our observations will lead us to discover how water bodies differ and what living things are attracted to different water bodies. We will also discuss the historical origins and uses of ponds and the stream at Five Rivers. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Spiders: What's in Your Web?
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday August 29, 10:30 AM
Spiders are amazing predators skilled in stealth, camouflage and engineering. We will search for spiders and their webs on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Service Road Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 29, 2:00 PM
The Service Road Loop is a flat, easy trail that includes ponds, wetlands, forest and fields. It is a nice slice of Five Rivers on a wide pathway that is suitable for an easy stroll. Turtles may be basking on logs, perhaps a deer will be seen in the fields, or other wildlife may surprise as we discover the charms of the Service Loop. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.