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April 2018 | May 2018

April 2018

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Wetland Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Many plants and animals live in wetlands and some can only be found in wetlands! Let's take a walk to explore our native wetland ecosystems and the unique plants and animals that call Five Rivers home. Bring a bottle of water, good trail shoes, and a sense of adventure. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Squirrels for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Join us for this event, including an indoor presentation, a craft project and games to learn about the squirrels in our area. If weather permits, we will head outside for a walk to look for signs of these animals and perhaps find the animals themselves. This program is geared toward children ages 5-10. Please sign up by Monday April 2 to attend as space is limited. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Leave it to Beavers!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM
As winter fades away and spring arrives, come learn about the incredible New York State mammal - the beaver! We will talk about the special adaptations that beavers have in order to survive the winter and take a walk around our Beaver Pond to see if we can see signs of this wonderful animal. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Busy Beavers
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Celebrate International Beaver Day by taking a guided walk to learn about these amazing rodents, who are also our official New York State mammal. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Woodcock Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 12, 2018 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 Loop 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 the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Welcoming Back the Early Spring Migrants
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM
While mid-May brings waves of returning warblers and other songbirds, "spring" migration begins much sooner. We will watch for birds that typically return at the end of March or the beginning of April to breed at Five Rivers (e.g., Wood Duck, Killdeer, American Kestrel, and Tree Swallow). We may also see birds who are passing through early because they still have miles to go before they breed (e.g., Palm Warblers or northern-breeding waterfowl). Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited supply will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Night Hike Date Night
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy an evening walk under the stars and interactive quiz along the trail to discover the compatibility of your nocturnal spirit animals. For adults ages 18 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 #4
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 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 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: Audubon's Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at10:00 AM
Celebrate the birth of ornithologist and painter John James Audubon. His Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. It inspired an interest in birds that continues to this day. We'll observe birds in the field and compare them to their images in Audubon's paintings. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Fantasy Nature Quest
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Join a Role Playing Guided Walk as our party journeys into the legendary forest, utilizing animal adaptions to restore balance to our ecosystem. 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.

Reinstein Woods - Vireos for Beginners
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 28, 2018 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 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

May 2018

Five Rivers - I Bird NY Birders' Series
Citizen Science: Early Birders

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2018 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. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291. For directions to the 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 12, 2018 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 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Citizen Science Training: Hummingbirds at Home
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Become a volunteer and learn how to count hummingbirds sipping nectar at feeders and flowers. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. 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 16, 2018 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 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Wildlife Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday May 19, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This outdoor walk is suitable for people of all ages. Join us on Five Rivers trails to look and listen for signs of wildlife on this mile-long walk on relatively flat trails. We hope to encounter birds, turtles and mammals. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding by Ear
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Who's that singing deep in the forest or way up in the trees? Learn to identify local birds by their calls and songs. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Creature Feature: Turtles of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday May 26, 2018, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In celebration of World Turtle Day (annually on May 23), come learn about the turtles of Five Rivers. After a brief introduction, we'll head outside to the Beaver Pond to look for resident turtles and discover what they're up to this time of year.
NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Habitat Hike
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM
World Biodiversity Day takes place on May 22 each year. At Five Rivers, we'll mark the occasion by following trails crisscrossing a variety of habitats. Join us as we explore wetlands, fields and forests, enjoying the biodiversity of plants and animals they support. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 26, 2018 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 summer season. 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.