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January 2018 | February 2018

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.

Five Rivers - I Bird NY: Kids Winter Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Birds are one of the most visible winter wildlife here at Five Rivers. Come join us to learn who's here at the feeders and in the fields and woods. A few binoculars are available for loan, but are not required. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers 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.

February 2018

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM
This project is sponsored by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society for four days in February. If you
would like to help scientists track the mid-winter distribution and abundance of birds, or just sip coffee and learn about common backyard birds, please join us. Bring binoculars if you have them,or we have a few to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #2
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This is a continuation of class #1 in January, but new participants are welcome. 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 - Family Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Please join us for a morning snowshoe walk along the trails as we look for evidence of wildlife. Snowshoe rental $5.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $2.00/person. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Birding-by-Snowshoe
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Join Five Rivers, the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club for a special birding-by-snowshoe outing.
Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 AM for a brief introduction to snowshoeing. Then, strap on the waffle stompers and go over the meadow and through the woods in search of winter species. The program is geared for birding/snowshoeing novices. Space is limited. Snowshoe rentals are provided by Friends of Five Rivers at $5 per pair; free to Friends members. Please call the Center at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, February 21 to register. At least 6 inches of snow cover is required. If there is insufficient snow, we will go on foot. If the weather is severe, this program may be canceled, Saturday. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.