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September 2018 | October 2018

September 2018

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Early Birders
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 at 7:30 AM
Celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of fall bird migration. These
outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the visitor center. After
a brief introduction, we'll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Binoculars are
helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For
more information, call 518-475-0291. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Turtles
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Explore the woods to look for turtles, and visit with Reinstein Woods' two rescue turtles, Clover and Clementine. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - 18th Annual Fall Festival
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities, food, live music by Mama Earth and more! Call 716-683-5959, or see www.dec.ny.gov/education/68006.html for more information. No registration required. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Family-Oriented Environmental Celebration - Fall Festival
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join us for a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and more. Enjoy opportunities to meet live hawks, owls, snakes and turtles up close and personal. Meet Smokey Bear, cast for "backyard bass," and enjoy staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners...all absolutely free of charge! There will also be live music from local band Diva and the Dirty Boys, as well as sales of refreshments, plants and birdseed. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #9
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Learn how to identify the different raptors (birds of prey) found in Reinstein 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.

Reinstein Woods - Full Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Search for nocturnal animals and seasonal constellations under the first full moon of fall. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Birds for Beginners
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
If you have always wanted to learn the basics of bird watching come to this hour-and-a half talk and
trek to discover a new and fascinating hobby. We will begin indoors to discover things you never
knew about binoculars and bird books. We will then head out on Five Rivers' relatively flat trails to learn how to identify common birds. Please bring binoculars if you have them, or we have a few we
can loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - September Stroll
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM
This relaxed walk on the Old Field and Wild Turkey trails will feature a discussion on whatever signs of wildlife come our way. Birds, bugs, tracks, scat or reptiles may be among the animals and animal
signs we discover. Enjoy the last glimpses of some of these creatures before they head south or underground to wait out the winter. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

October 2018

Reinstein Woods - Full Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Search for nocturnal animals and seasonal constellations during the full moon. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Nature's Night Shift
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Enjoy a night out with the family to study who is active as the day shifts to night. We will start with a short indoor discussion about the different ways creatures have adapted to life in the dark. Then we will head out for a walk on the trails, looking and listening for common creatures of the night. Space is limited; please call 518-475-0291 to register by the Monday prior (October 1, 8, 15, and 22). For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #10
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Learn which birds will be in the area for the winter season. 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.

Five Rivers - HMBC Guided Program: Fall Migration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Explore Five Rivers' trails with members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and watch for some of the many avian species found here this season. Details for this guided walk are at are at https://hmbc.net/content/five-rivers-environmental-education-center-0. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Fascination Flight
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Flight is mastered by birds, bats and insects. Join us to learn what adaptations make these creatures so different, yet tremendously successful in the skies! Appropriate for all ages. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.