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December 2017 | January 2018

December 2017

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Owl Prowl
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Join in as we survey owls at Five Rivers. Field parties will visit likely owl roosts, then gather to compare findings. Space is limited. Please call 518-475-0291 to register by Monday, November 27. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Woods Walk: Who's Here? Nature in Winter
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Join a guided nature walk through the woods to learn about the winter lifestyles of wildlife. No registration required. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Sleepy Time
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Some animals stay active during the winter. Others settle in for a long-term snooze. Come take a short walk with us as we look for signs of animals preparing for the cold months ahead and talk about their survival tactics. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Winter Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Bring your binoculars on this winter stroll to look for birds and other wildlife. Fight those winter blues by getting outdoors in the brief daylight and enjoying the view. This mile-long amble will take place on relatively flat terrain. All are welcome, from beginning birders to experts. If you don't have binoculars, we have a few to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: The Ways of Winter Wildlife
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Please join us for this family-friendly event, which will incorporate our displays and a live animal presentation to demonstrate the ways animals in our area survive the winter. If weather permits, we will also venture outside for a half-mile walk on relatively flat trails to see some winter wildlife behaviors in action. This event is most suitable for children ages 8 to 12. Adults must accompany children. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Winter Solstice Celebration
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Enjoy a lantern-led evening walk as we celebrate the longest night and the return of light. Discover solstice traditions from around the world, search for nocturnal animals, and end the evening with warm drinks and snacks. Material fee $5.00/person, children ages 5 and under free. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Under the Ice
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Join us as we explore the winter world of our ponds. Children will participate in hands-on activities and games to discover how turtles, frogs, beavers, and more survive under the ice. For children in grades K through 5. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Hike: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 30, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us on Saturday, December 30, 10:00 AM for a two-mile round-trip will take us along field edges and into the woods. We may see wintering birds flying over the fields or grazing deer. We'll experience both expansive views of open sky and the intimacy of dense forest. The terrain is flat but sometimes uneven. An additional half-mile on the Foresman's Loop is an option. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - How to do it: Signatures in the Snow
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM
What do mice, rabbits, deer and birds have in common? They are all active in winter. As they go about eating, drinking, looking for shelter, and avoiding predators, the signs they leave behind tell a story. After an indoor presentation on tracking, we will go out to decipher the clues that give us a glimpse of where animals have been and what they have been doing. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

January 2018

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: New Year's Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Join local bird experts for our 37th annual New Year's Day survey. Seventy-one different species have been found at Five Rivers on Albany's "First Morning," and the birds found over the decades of this long-term study show interesting range changes for many species. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. Dress warmly. If severe weather is forecast, call the Center at 518-475-0291 on Saturday, December 30 to confirm if the event will be held. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - First Day Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Ring in the New Year with a walk to look for birds! Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM
A great way to introduce kids to birding and escape the post-Christmas blahs! Teams of kids compete to see who can find the most birds on 90-minute hikes at Reinstein Woods and other nearby sites. Binocular instruction and refreshments provided. For more information call 716-683-5959. Register online at the Reinstein Woods Event Registration page (link leaves DEC's website). For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #1
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure! Learn to identify common birds and how to properly use binoculars. 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.