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May 2016 | June 2016

May 2016

Five Rivers - Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:30 AM
Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. These outdoor surveys will begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the education 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 Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

Reinstein Woods - Warbler Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 14, 10:30 AM
Join us for a hike as we look for migrating warblers, often called the butterflies of the bird world. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Spring Migration Warbler Walk
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, May 14, 8:00 AM
Birding walk to see an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks. Meet with your guide, John Hass, at the "Stop Sign Parking Area" off Haven Road and move to the Nature Trail from there and finish up at the Main Boat Launch. The walk will last at least two hours. Bring binoculars. For more details and to register for the program, please call 845-888-0240.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: CLASS #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 21, 2:30 PM
Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. 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 - Bluebirds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 AM
The eastern bluebird is a conservation success story. Thanks to volunteers throughout the state, bluebirds in New York are increasing in number. This program will begin indoors with a presentation on bluebirds and bluebird nest boxes, and information on putting up a bluebird nest box. Afterward, we'll head outdoors to investigate Five Rivers' Bluebird Trail. Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited supply will be available to borrow. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, May 23, 8:00 AM
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.

Reinstein Woods - Turtle Lore
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM
Enjoy turtle lore and a stroll around Reinstein Woods' ponds on a quest to spot these fascinating creatures. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

June

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: National Trails Day
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 4, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Saunter in the likeness of John Muir or Henry David Thoreau along the Beaver Tree Trail. We'll be looking for bucks, beaver, bullfrogs or anything else reconnecting us with the restorative properties of spending time in natural areas. For more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Birding for Beginners
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM
Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the Bashakill with naturalist Scott Graber. This walk will focus on the basic identification of birds by sight and sound. If you're new to birding or have always wondered what birds exist beyond your backyard, this is the field trip for you! Binoculars are required and wear sturdy walking shoes. We'll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (Rt. 209 side). Call Scott to register and/or for additional information at 914-799-1313.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Birds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM
Join a guided nature walk through the woods as we look for birds. No registration required. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Happy for Herps
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, June 5, 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)482-5209.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Service Road Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Come and take an easy stroll through the various habitats of the Service Road. Look for everything from turtles basking in the ponds to hawks flying over the fields during this peaceful morning hike. For more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Natural History Walk
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, June 12, 8:00 AM
Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with Basha Kill biologist Dr. Marty Borko as you see and listen to what's nesting, growing, and maturing. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, and wear good walking shoes. Meet at the Stop Sign parking area off Haven Road. From Route 209, cross Haven Road Bridge and take first left, just before Haven Road ends at South Road. For information, contact Marty Borko at (607)565-2636.

Reinstein Woods - Jewels of the Sky
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 18, 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. 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 at Amherst State Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, June 20, 8:30 PM
Look for nocturnal pollinators like moths and bats by the light of the full moon. 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.

Five Rivers - Bats are Beneficial
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 PM
Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, 2016
Did you know that bats are important pollinators of many plants, including peaches and bananas? Join us for an indoor presentation on bats and this special service they provide. Afterwards we'll head outdoors to look for bats at Five Rivers. For more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #6
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 PM
Summer resident birds only! Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which species to look for at this time of year. 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 - Bird Walk for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, June 28, 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 6-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.