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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015

August 2015

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.

September 2015

Citizen Science: Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17 and 24, 7:30 AM
Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of fall bird migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the 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.

Guided Walk: Big Pine Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 5, 10:00 AM
The Big Pine Trail runs along our scenic and inviting Vlomankill stream, under pines and hemlocks, and supports a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. On this hike, you will look for signs of and learn about some of the many amazing animals this beautiful habitat supports. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Pond Investigation
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 5, 10:30 AM
What lives in the ponds of Reinstein Woods? Scoop along the edge of the pond and find out! Wear clothing and shoes that can get muddy. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Raven, Crows and Blue Jays
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 5, 2:00 PM
Ravens, crows and jays belong to a larger family of birds called Corvids. Species within this family are found in different regions around the world, including at Five Rivers. They are arguably the most intelligent family of birds in the world. Our presentation will begin indoors, as we discover just how smart they are. A live Common Raven will be on hand for you to meet. Then we will venture afield to learn about the habitat and behaviors of our local Corvid species. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Advanced Birding: Vision
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 PM
In this session of Advanced Birding we will focus on avian vision and how birds see the world in a completely different way than we do. For adults only. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 AM
This delightful patchwork of upland fields and brushlands is a living exhibit of the ecology of abandoned farmland. The trail skirts former duck-rearing ponds, now home to heron, geese and mink. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Let's Get Buggy
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 PM
Late summer and early autumn are excellent for observing insects. Join us as we explore the fields for grasshoppers, beetles, mantids and more. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Heading South - Fall Migration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 19, 10:00 AM
After breeding, many species of birds return south until next year's spring migration. While we will note every bird, our focus will be on those that benefit from Five Rivers' resources as a migratory stopover. Birders of all levels are welcome. Binoculars and field guides are available for those who wish to borrow them. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

15th Annual Fall Festival
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 19, 10:00 AM
Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities, food, live music by Mama Earth and more! See the Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods web page on the DEC website: www.dec.ny.gov/education/68006.html for more information. No registration required. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 19, 2:00 PM
This trail includes a more than 60-acre field managed for grassland birds, mature forest and shrublands. WTT is one of our longer trails. We'll cover about two miles with some short, gradual inclines. An optional loop can lengthen or shorten the hike. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Advanced Birding: Avian Coloration
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, September 22, 2:00 PM
In this session of Advanced Birding, we will explore the diverse coloration among birds and how it plays a key role in their different lifestyles. For adults only. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class 9
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 26, 2:30 PM
We will continue to learn how to identify birds by sight and sound as we focus on raptors and owls. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. For adults and children ages 8 and older. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Habitat Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Sunday, September 27, 2:00 PM
Who are the critters in our "neighborhood"? Learn about our resident wildlife-what they eat and where they live. For children age 12 and under. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Nighttime Predators and Prey
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Monday, September 28, 7:00 PM
Join us for this evening stroll along our trails to learn about some of the nocturnal animals at Five Rivers. Learn about hunting strategies of the hunters and what the hunted do to avoid being caught. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

October 2015

Fall Harvest
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 3, 10:30 AM
Autumn is a busy time for many animals. Discover the foods that are gathered by animals as they prepare for winter. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Owl Prowl
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, October 16, 6:30 PM
Learn about our local owls, and listen for their calls on a walk in the woods. Program sponsored by Friends of Reinstein to raise funds for purchasing new owl mounts. Fee = $4.00/person; Friends of Reinstein Woods members = $2.00/person. For adults and children ages 8 and older. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class 10
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 17, 2:30 PM
Learn how to identify birds that visit bird feeders in fall and winter and about what to feed them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. For adults and children ages 8 and older. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Animal Superpowers
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 24, 2:00 PM
They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans. On this guided walk, you will learn about some of these amazing residents of the woods. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Full Hunter's Moon Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 PM
Join us for a hike through the trails as we look for red fox, white-tailed deer and beaver preparing for winter. Bring binoculars if you have them. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.