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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

June 2014 | July 2014 | August 2014

June 2014

Family Fun: Spring has Sprung
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 AM
Fish, frogs, birds and mammals are well into their spring activities. Join us on this family-friendly walk along the Old Field Trail to look and listen for these animals and to discover what they are doing at this time of year. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Taking Flight
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 7, 10:30 AM
Come soar with us for a morning flight and investigate how it's possible for nature's creatures to defy the laws of gravity. From the small chickadee to the large eagle and the nocturnal bats. Try your hand at creating a kite to reach for new limits with our flying friends. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Rodents
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 PM
Rodents, such as mice, squirrels, beaver and porcupine, are fascinating mammals. They are an abundant and varied group, but all have incisors that constantly grow and are kept short by gnawing. Signs of these animals are often overlooked. Join us for an introduction indoors, followed by an outdoor walk to look for signs of their activities and to learn about the types of rodents found at Five Rivers and elsewhere in New York State. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler
Basha Kill Area Association, Inc., Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, June 8, 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. For directions to the event, please visit the Basha Kill Area Association (leaves DEC's website) webpage.

Nature Night Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, June 13, 8:30 PM
Join us for a walk along the trails at night as we look for wildlife, stars, planets and the moon. Bring binoculars and flashlights if you have them. A stroller or wagon is recommended for children under age 6. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Natural History Walk with Jack Austin
Basha Kill Area Association, Inc., Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, June 21, 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 on his cell at 845-649-8720. For directions to the event, please visit the Basha Kill Area Association (leaves DEC's website) webpage.

Aquatic Exploration
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 21, 10:30 AM
Join us as we grab nets and scoop in the pond in search of aquatic animals. 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.

Blooms and Butterflies with John Kenney
Basha Kill Area Association, Inc., Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, June 29, 10:00 AM
See the next wave of wildflowers and a beautiful array of butterflies. Meet at Haven Road DEC parking lot (209 side). Call John to register and/or for further information at 845-436-6046. For directions to the event, please visit the Basha Kill Area Association (leaves DEC's website) webpage.

July 2014

Citizen Science: Monarch Monitoring
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 PM
Learn how you can help monitor monarch butterfly activity at Five Rivers. During this training, volunteers will become familiar with the signs of monarch activity, and learn how to record data for the University of Minnesota's Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Volunteers then assist with weekly monitoring at 1:00 PM on Wednesdays from July through early September. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 2, 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.

Stars of Stripes
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 5, 9:30 AM
Celebrate Independence Day by learning about chipmunks, raccoons and other creatures "decorated" in stripes. Please note: This program will be held at Great Baehre Swamp on Hopkins Road in Amherst. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Family Fun: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, July 5, 10:00 AM
Join us as we watch for turtles and other critters in and around the Beaver Pond. We'll follow the trail as it meanders around the pond and through a cattail marsh, offering numerous opportunities to explore at the water's edge. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Annual Butterfly Census
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, July 5, 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, June 27. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Frogwatch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Tuesday, July 8, 7:30 PM
Throughout the world, amphibians are disappearing for many different reasons. Join us to learn why frogs and salamanders are in trouble, and help us monitor how the frogs in our area are doing. Participants will learn to identify species by their calls and then venture out to survey the number of species heard and the intensity of their calls. Flashlights and waterproof footwear are recommended. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 for more information. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101: Class #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 PM
Introduction to the thrush family-how many varieties do we have at Reinstein Woods? Learn to identify them by sight and sound as we walk through the Woods. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. 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 11, 8:30 PM
Join us for a walk in the woods as we look for whitetail deer growing new velvety antlers during this full moon. Bring binoculars and flashlights if you have them. A stroller or wagon is recommended for children under age 6. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Bluebirds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, July 12, 10:00 AM
Learn all about New York's state bird, the eastern bluebird. Discover the challenges that have faced this species and the successful efforts to aid its recovery. We will discuss the ideal habitat and conditions for this species to survive. This presentation begins indoors, then we'll venture out to learn more about Five Rivers' own bluebird box trail. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Pond Life for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 19, 10:30 AM
Bring your kids for a fun activity at the pond! Use nets to scoop for pond animals and learn how to identify aquatic insects. For children of all ages. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Let's Go Pond Hopping!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, July 19, 2:00 PM
Join us for a refreshing visit to 11 of the ponds on Five Rivers' property. On our way, we will look and listen for signs of wildlife and wildlife activity. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: American Goldfinch - It's Not Too Late!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM
The American goldfinch is not in a hurry to build a nest. One of the season's latest breeders in New York, it has been speculated that this bird waits until thistles are in bloom and then uses the fibers for their nests and feeds the seeds to their young. After a brief introduction indoors, we'll take to the field in search of the goldfinch and watch for breeding activity. And we'll try to determine whether they really need those thistles! For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Jewels of the Sky
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 26, 10:30 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. 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, July 26, 2:00 PM
This delightful patchwork of upland fields and brushlands is a living exhibit of the ecology of abandoned farmland. The area is home to deer and a variety of bird species and small mammals. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Moths
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Tuesday, July 29, 8:30 PM
Moths are suckers for sugar-literally! Join us for a close look at these beautiful and fascinating insects as we begin our first moth census. After a brief indoor overview of the natural history and ecological importance of moths, we'll venture afield to monitor the action at sugared "bait stations." Flashlights are helpful but not necessary. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Thursday, July 24. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

August 2014

Creature Feature: Marvelous Monarchs
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 AM
Unlike most other insects in our area, monarch butterflies cannot survive winter, so they migrate. Monarchs are the only butterflies to make this long round trip-up to 3,000 miles-every year. Critical threats to the monarch are climate change and habitat loss. Join a Five Rivers naturalist to discuss their incredible journey, life cycle, habitat and threats, and learn about monarch-related research that has been going on at Five Rivers for more than 10 years. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Eagle Pass and Woodlot
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 2, 2:00 PM
Join us for an easy stroll around Eagle Pass and the Woodlot Trail. Along the way, we'll look and listen for signs of insects and the wildlife that love to eat them. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Bats
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Tuesday, August 5, 7:30 PM
Five Rivers' Jones Barn has been in the forefront of recent bat research. Come learn the latest on white-nose syndrome, a disease which has decimated bat populations throughout the Northeast. Learn about some promising new research that might help save bats, and then head out with us on the trail to count them as they emerge from their roost. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Insects of the Night
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 PM
The night offers a different world of insects that is rarely explored. Join us as we search for moths and other insects attracted by light and scent. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Fairy Houses
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 9, 10:00 AM
Use natural materials to build a house to attract nature's fairies: butterflies! Once you learn how, you can make one anywhere. For children ages 5 to 10. Please note: This program will be held at Amherst State Park in Williamsville. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up and to get directions to Amherst State Park.

Family Fun: Critter Hunt
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 9, 2:00 PM
Come join us on the trail with the best chance for animal sightings as we look, listen for, and learn about some fascinating animals of summer. We'll play interactive games about animals and keep a critter log of all our trail sightings. Birds, squirrels, turtles, and frogs all may be observed at this summer's critter hunt. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Larch Lane and Environs
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 16, 10:00 AM
We'll explore this side-trail paralleling the western edge of the North Loop Trail as we enjoy the sights and sounds of local wildlife. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Dragonflies
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 16, 2:00 PM
Dragonflies are as interesting as they are colorful and acrobatic. These winged insects are also excellent indicators of environmental health. Join us for an indoor overview of the natural history and life cycle of dragonflies and damselflies. Afterward, odonate expert Alison Van Keuren will lead a catch-and-release identification of local species. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, August 13. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Firefly Watch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Tuesday, August 19, 7:00 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 back yard. 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.

Guided Walk: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 23, 2:00 PM
We'll saunter along the Wild Turkey Trail, traversing old fields and extensive grasslands on the way to an enchanting wooded ravine of the Phillipinkill, keeping our eyes open for owls, turkey and other Five Rivers residents. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Monarchs: Mexico or Bust!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 PM
Come learn about monarch butterflies and their amazing flight to Mexico. Enjoy a short film about monarch butterfly migration, and then learn how to make your yard butterfly friendly. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Mowing for the Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, August 30, 10:00 AM
If you walk the Wild Turkey Trail in the fall, you may wonder why we mow only a portion of the field each year. Most of the bird species in New York that require grasslands are declining in number. Grasslands are generally transitional and unstable. Through natural succession, they become shrubland and eventually, forest. Join us on a walk to see how our mowing plan maintains habitat for grassland birds such as the bobolink and Savannah sparrow. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.