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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

January 2015 | February 2015

January 2015

Family Fun Program: The Night Stalkers - In Bird Cabin
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday January 17, 10:30 AM
Have you ever wondered why owls are such great hunters? Join Friends of Rogers in Bird Cabin to learn about many of the adaptations owls have that allow them to be excellent hunters of the night. Do you wonder what and how owls eat? We will be dissecting an owl pellet to find out what our feathery friends had for "lunch"! (Free, ages 4+) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Birding 101 - Class 1
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 17, 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This program will help you identify common birds and learn how to properly use binoculars. 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.

Winter Living Celebration
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday January 24, 11:00 AM
Held in January every year, the Annual Winter Living Celebration is a fun day for all. Celebrate the magic of Winter with outdoor activities and demonstrations including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sled dogs and winter camping. Need to warm up from the brisk winter air? Come inside to enjoy some live music, entertainment, fly-tying, crafts for children, and nature related exhibitors. Refreshments are available for purchase and donations are always encouraged. For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, January 31, 2:00 PM
Come along as we look for signs of animals that take advantage of the habitat around Beaver Pond in winter. We are certain to find tracks, houses and other clues to what these critters are doing at this time of year. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

February 2015

Family Fun: The Legendary Groundhog
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 AM
Join us indoors to learn more about the legendary groundhog through interactive games, activities and crafts. Then follow us outside for an easy stroll to look for signs of this amazing rodent and its relatives. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Winter Wonderland in the Woods
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 7, 1:00 PM
Discover the woods in winter! Try out snowshoes or cross-country skis for free, go on a winter scavenger hunt, and make snow art. Enjoy ice fishing demonstrations, winter crafts for kids, and more! Refreshments for sale. No registration required for this event. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, February 7, 2:00 PM
This half-mile trail meanders through upland fields and brushlands, and serves as a living exhibit of the ecology of abandoned farmland. An experimental crabapple plantation is alive with deer, rabbits and songbirds. The trail also visits former duck-rearing ponds where, on rare occasions, we have found signs of otter activity in winter. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Great Backyard Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, February 14, 9:30 AM
This weekend, birders all across North America will tally birds in their yard or local parks for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us, in cooperation with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, as we count the birds at our feeding station, then venture outdoors for a short field count. Complete information will be provided on how you, too, can help the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology track the mid-winter distribution and abundance of birds from your own yard. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Wonderful Woodpeckers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, February 14, 2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how woodpeckers manage to get insects from under tree bark without getting a headache? Find the answer to this and other fascinating questions during this family-friendly program. A fun craft for all ages is included. Afterwards, explore on your own for signs of woodpecker activity, and perhaps see some of the woodpeckers that live at Five Rivers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Birding for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursday, February 19, 10:00 AM
Birding is a fun way for kids to discover the outdoors. Join us as we explore the world of birds at the feeder and beyond. We'll cover the basics of bird anatomy, behavior, identification and conservation, including spending time exploring bird habitats at Five Rivers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Binoculars are helpful, but not necessary. We have some to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Trackathon
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, February 19, 10:30 AM
Compete to see who can find and identify the most animal tracks on this guided walk. For children age 6 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Track and Scat Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, February 20, 11:00 AM
Come investigate our trails for animal tracks and scat, and learn about wildlife living in the woods. Snowshoe rental = $5.00/person; Friends of Reinstein Woods members = $2.00. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101 - Class 2
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 21, 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This program will help you identify birds by sight and sound. 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.

Snowbirds Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 28, 10:30 AM
Search for our winter resident birds and early spring migrants on a guided walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Snowshoe rental = $5.00/person; Friends of Reinstein Woods members = $2.00. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, February 28, 2:00 PM
The Old Field Trail offers a diversity of habitats and a variety of scenic views in a relatively short distance. We'll hike through an old field and shrubland, circumnavigate ponds and skirt the forest's edge. The terrain is flat, and the trails are wide. We'll hike, look, and listen, enjoying whatever pleasures the Old Field gives up this day. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.