D E C banner
D E C banner

Disclaimer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

July 2015 | August 2015

July 2015

Dragons in Your Backyard
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM
Discover the fascinating lives of dragonflies and damselflies on this guided walk. 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.

Citizen Science: Annual Butterfly
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 11, 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, July 3. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Advanced Birding: Flight
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 PM
Have you ever watched birds fly and wondered what it would be like and how they do it? In this second session of Advanced Birding, we will focus on adaptations of bird flight. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, July 16, 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.

Puddles to Ponds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 18, 10:30 AM
Bring your kids to explore the many life forms found in puddles and ponds. Please dress for the outdoors, and wear footwear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Invasive Species Awareness Week
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 18, 2:00 PM
Join us to learn more about one of the main reasons animals are on the endangered species list in New York State. Invasive species are conquering the globe, traveling on boats, planes and cars. Learn about some of our most destructive local invaders during this indoor presentation and outdoor walk. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Firefly Watch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, July 23, 7:30 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 backyard. 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.

Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 PM
Come meet the thrush family, some of the most beautiful songsters of the bird world. Lean about robins, wood and hermit thrushes, veeries and bluebirds. 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.

Full "Buck Moon" Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, July 31, 8:30 PM
Enjoy a guided walk along the trails as we learn some interesting facts about white-tailed deer and observe their behaviors. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the outdoors. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

August 2015

Fairy Houses at Amherst State Park
Hosted by Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve; event located at Amherst State Park, Buffalo, NY
Saturday, August 1, 10:00 AM
Join a naturalist from Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in creating a "house" to attract nature's fairies--butterflies! Once you learn how, you can make one anywhere. For children ages 5 to 10. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up and to receive directions to Amherst State Park.

Citizen Science: Bat Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday, August 7, 7:30 PM
Bats are fascinating animals, and their populations are in trouble. Some species in New York have declined by more than 90 percent in the last ten years. Five Rivers has been counting bats at the Jones Barn for many years. Join us for this indoor program and an outdoor walk and bat count to learn more about these maligned and vital creatures. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Bees and Butterflies
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 8, 10:30 AM
Join us for an indoor learning experience about honey bees and monarch butterflies. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 15, 10:00 AM
A favorite with families, this trail features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to Beaver Pond, with excellent opportunities to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna and the beaver lodge. Join us as we watch for beaver, muskrats, turtles and their neighbors. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Sounds of Cicadas
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 15, 2:00 PM
There are more than 1,500 species of cicadas, but not all make their presence known here at Five Rivers. Come join us for an indoor overview of cicadas, then venture afield in search of these fascinating insects in their natural habitat. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Please call 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Wednesday, August 12. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Wild Turkey and Old Field Trails
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 22, 2:00 PM
Explore portions of the Wild Turkey and Old Field Trails. We'll keep our eyes open for grassland birds such as tree swallows and bluebirds around the fields, and enjoy dragonflies skimming over the ponds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Aliens!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 22, 2:00 PM
Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class #8
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 PM
Meet the boisterous black birds--crows, grackles, red-wings, starlings and cowbirds. 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.

The Ol' Watering Hole
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 AM
Whether it's people building cities or wildlife looking for sustenance, we all seem to be attracted to water. We will visit several waterbodies at Five Rivers, including ponds, marshes and a stream. Our observations will lead us to discover how water bodies differ and what living things are attracted to different water bodies. We will also discuss the historical origins and uses of ponds and the stream at Five Rivers. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Spiders: What's in Your Web?
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday August 29, 10:30 AM
Spiders are amazing predators skilled in stealth, camouflage and engineering. We will search for spiders and their webs 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.

Guided Walk: Service Road Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 29, 2:00 PM
The Service Road Loop is a flat, easy trail that includes ponds, wetlands, forest and fields. It is a nice slice of Five Rivers on a wide pathway that is suitable for an easy stroll. Turtles may be basking on logs, perhaps a deer will be seen in the fields, or other wildlife may surprise as we discover the charms of the Service Loop. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.