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July 2017 | August 2017

July 2017

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Annual Butterfly Census
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday July 1, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 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. Parents and children must accompany each other. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Friday, June 30. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Full Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Enjoy the light of the moon as we search for critters of the night. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek. Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Nocturnal Creatures
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Join former Naturalist Intern Matt Nusstein (winter/spring 2015) to search for creatures of the night 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.

Reinstein Woods - The Search for Monarchs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Learn about the monarch butterfly's life cycle and help us search for eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies during our hike. For adults and children ages 10 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 - Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Search for summer birds in the woods, such as gnatcatchers, kinglets, titmice and vireos. 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 - Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 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.

Reinstein Woods - Jewels of the Sky at Billy Wilson Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
On this guided walk, we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies that may be in flight. Note: This program will take place at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Bird Walk for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Take a walk to look for birds by the ponds and in the woods. Parent or caregiver must accompany child. For children ages 8-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

August 2017


Reinstein Woods - Ribbit, Slither, Croak!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. 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
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Experience the sights and sounds of wetland creatures under the light of the full moon. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Wetland Band at Great Baehre Swamp
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Search for frogs, turtles and birds along the boardwalk and use instruments to recreate the sounds of the swamp. For children ages 3-12. Note: This program takes place at Great Baehre Swamp in Amherst. 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: Turtles for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday August 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us for this program geared for children 4-9 years old. We'll play games, make crafts, and meet some real turtles while learning all about these hard-bodied reptiles. Then we'll head outside for a walk on Five Rivers' trails to search for wild turtles sunning in the ponds. Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Monday, August 14. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Scuiridae: Squirrels of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Did you know that six different species of squirrels reside at Five Rivers? We will begin this presentation indoors with an in-depth discussion of our local squirrels. Then we'll head outside to look for the many signs of the lives these fascinating creatures live. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Bird Walk for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Take a walk to look for birds by the ponds and in the woods. Parent or caregiver must accompany child. For children ages 8-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Monarch Tag and Release
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Learn how monarch butterflies are tagged and recorded for research, then release them for their journey down south. For adults and children ages 10 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 - I Bird NY - Roger Tory Peterson: The Man Behind the Field Guides
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
I Bird NY - Roger Tory Peterson: The Man Behind the Field Guides
In honor of Roger Tory Peterson's birthday on August 28, we'll take a look at the life of the man who introduced so many people to birds. With the publication of his Peterson Field Guide to the Birds, he introduced a system of identifying birds that made sense to the layman. After a brief indoor presentation on the life of the man who did so much to popularize birding and bird conservation, we will head afield-with Peterson field guides-to identify some of Five Rivers' resident birds using the Peterson system. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #8
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Why do birds migrate? Learn which species to look for as they prepare for their long journey south. 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.