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April 2019 | May 2019

April 2019

Five Rivers - NYS Bluebird Society Walk and Program
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:00 AM
The New York State Bluebird Society will sponsor a free public bluebird workshop. There will be an optional bird walk (weather permitting) at 9:00 AM followed by two presentations. The first presentation will be by John Ruska-past president and lifetime director of the Bluebird Society-will present on the life history of the Eastern Bluebird. This talk will appeal to both novice and experienced birders. Next, Montana Stone-past Albany County Bluebird Ambassador-will talk about her research on the Javan rhinoceros-the most threatened of the five rhino species, with only 58-68 individuals that live exclusively in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: Busy Beavers
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate International Beaver Day with a short-guided walk to visit a beaver lodge and look for clues of active beaver. Try out your engineering skills as you build and test your own beaver dam. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Outdoor Fun: Vernal Pool Exploration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM
After a long winter under the snow and mud, the salamanders, frogs, and insects are ready to emerge. Come to Five Rivers and wander along Vlomankill Trail to learn about life in a vernal pool, and the importance of these seasonal habitats. We'll also discuss native species like mole salamanders, northern spring peepers, wood frogs, and more. Make sure to wear your rain boots. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Woodcock Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
We'll begin indoors with a brief talk about the American Woodcock and its management at Five Rivers. Then we'll stroll on the Service Road through managed areas and feeding swales to watch and listen for woodcock. Bring binoculars and a flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: HMBC Field Outing - Early Migrants I
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 AM
Join members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for a three-mile walk throughout the Five Rivers property. We will explore fields, ponds and marshes, portions of the service road, the Vlomankill corridor, and finish with a loop around Beaver Pond. More than forty bird species can be observed on a favorable day in mid-April. Be prepared for wet trails. Meet at 7:30AM in the parking lot. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: HMBC FIELD OUTING - EARLY MIGRANTS II
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7:30 AM
Join members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for a walk through the varied habitats of Five Rivers as we explore fields, ponds, woodlands, and marshes. More than forty bird species can be observed on a favorable day in mid-April. Be prepared for wet trails. Meet at 7:30 AM in the parking lot. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Join a Five Rivers naturalist for a guided walk around Beaver Pond. We'll watch for signs of activity from beavers and their neighbors as we enjoy a leisurely stroll along the trail. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Signs of Spring
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Join the Five Rivers staff for a family-friendly walk using our senses to observe signs of spring. In this outdoor program, we will talk about animal signs and sounds, vernal pools, and plant life that emerge as the days get longer and warmer. Please dress appropriately for the weather. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Vireos for Beginners
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Learn about the vireos that migrate to and through Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. 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
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Join us for a walk on the trails to view nocturnal wildlife and the full moon. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Animal Superpowers
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM
They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans. On this guided walk, you will learn about some of these amazing residents of the woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Citizen Science: Project Squirrel
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Come join us on the trail as we learn how to be citizen scientists and record squirrel sightings in the preserve. Once you've learned, you can do at home too. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Nature Tech Adventure: Birding
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Celebrate John James Audubon's birthday by birding in the woods! Incorporate technology with birding and learn about eBird and the Merlin bird ID app. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #4
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Who's in the pond? Who's flying over the pond? And who's hiding in the reeds? Learn about the ducks and wetland birds of Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

May 2019

Five Rivers - I BIRD NY Birder's Series - Citizen Science: Early Birders
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019 at 7:30 AM
Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring 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. Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Amphibian Search
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Learn more about these animals that breathe through their skin. We will start with an indoor program to teach you more about these creatures and how they are doing worldwide. We will then focus on the animals in our area and learn about identifying them by their calls. Then we will head outside on Five Rivers' trails to look and listen for these amazing animals. Please call ahead to register for this free event. Space is limited. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Gardening for Migrating Monarchs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Learn what a monarch butterfly waystation is, why they're important and how to make your own. Provide a habitat for butterflies and other wildlife and register your garden to a nation-wide map! For adults and children age 12 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: Birds and Breakfast
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Join members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club as they welcome the arrival of spring with an early morning bird walk. With the varied habitats at Five Rivers you can expect to see and hear many resident and migrant species, including warblers, thrushes, vireos, and orioles, along with a few waterfowl and herons. Typical spring survey results in about 70 species. The earliest party will meet in the parking lot at 6:00 AM. Additional groups will leave at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. You may join one of these groups or go out on your own as we try to find as many species as possible. We'll rally at the new visitor center at 10:30 AM for coffee, doughnuts, bagels, fresh fruit, and a list compilation. The breakfast is free, but donations are welcomed. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Beginning Birding
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Binoculars, birding apps, and books are the tools of the trade for bird watching. We will start inside the visitor center and discuss how to utilize these helpful aids in identifying birds. We will then head outside to practice our newfound knowledge by identifying local birds by sight and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Warblers for Beginners
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Join us as we learn about and look for migrating warblers, often called the butterflies of the bird world. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. 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
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Join us for a walk as we look for nocturnal wildlife and view the full moon. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Lightning-Fast Hummingbirds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Leap into the stunning physical abilities and light-speed daily lives of some of the world's tiniest birds as they arrive at Reinstein Woods with the spring rains. Includes a guided pollinator walk and observation at our hummingbird feeders. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Summer resident birds only! Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which species to look for during the upcoming season. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Wednesdays, May 29 through October 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, data collected at Five Rivers has been contributed to this continent-wide citizen science project conducted through the University of Minnesota. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America. Volunteers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico aid in conserving monarchs and advance understanding of butterfly ecology and migration in general. Wear long pants and bring a sun hat and water. We will meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn about the project. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.