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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

May 2015 | June 2015

May 2015

Spring Migration Warbler Walk with John Haas
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 AM
We will meet at the "Stop Sign Parking Area" off Haven Road at 8 am. Bring binoculars. We should see an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks. We will move to the Nature Trail from there and finish up at the Main Boat Launch. The walk will last at least two hours. For more information about this event, please visit the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area website (link leaves DEC's website).

Home Alone: The Solitary Life
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM
Some insects, such as honey bees and ants, live in colonies, but most live on their own, only interacting with others of their kind during mating season. Come learn about these elusive insects and how they find the food, water and shelter they need to survive. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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 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. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Music of Birds
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 PM
The air will once again be filled with an ensemble of ancient bird songs. Why do they sing and how do they actually produce their musical melodies? This presentation will address these and other questions. The Music of Birds will awaken your appreciation of bird songs and help you learn the tunes of a few of our most common songsters. Shade-grown, bird-friendly, organic and fair trade coffee will be available for order at the conclusion of this program. For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Citizen Science: Frogwatch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM
Spring evenings are alive with calling amphibians. Join us for FrogWatch, a volunteer-based citizen science project. We'll begin indoors to learn how to identify local frog species by sight and sound. Then we'll walk out to the pond to count the number and types of frog calls we hear. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Avian Arrivals
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 9, 9:30 AM
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by searching for the birds of spring during a guided walk. 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.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Bird Walk: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 AM
IMBD is an international call to action to conserve birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. This year's theme is Restore Habitat, Restore Birds. During this walk, we'll observe birds while focusing on what we're doing at Five Rivers to maintain and enhance their habitat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Binoculars optional. We have a limited supply to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: The Fields are Alive
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 9, 2:00 PM
The fields at Five Rivers are springing to life! Birds are preparing to nest, insects have warmed up for flight, and flowers are beginning to bloom. We'll walk past and through fields along portions of the Wild Turkey, Old Field, and North Loop trails in search of activity. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Bluebirds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM
The eastern bluebird is a conservation success story. Thanks to volunteers throughout the state, bluebirds in New York State 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, or we have a few pairs to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Jewels of the Sky
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM
Explore the Great Baehre Swamp boardwalk 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.

Birding 101: Class #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 16, 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.

Warbler Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, May 22, 9:30 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.

Creature Feature: Turtles of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 23, 10:00 AM
In celebration of World Turtle Day, come learn about the turtles of Five Rivers. After a brief introduction indoors, we'll head out to the ponds to look for resident turtles and discover what they're up to at this time of year. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Stories in the Woods
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 23, 10:30 AM
Enjoy hearing a nature story, followed by a guided walk in the woods. For children ages 3 to 7. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Born Wild
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 23, 2:00 PM
Join us for a nature walk as we search for the next generation of Reinstein Woods's wildlife. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Family Fun: Darting Dragonflies
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 AM
Summer is on its way and dragonflies will soon be hovering over the ponds at Five Rivers. Join us indoors to learn about these beautiful insects and how they maneuver through our wetlands. Crafts for the whole family will be included. Then we'll go outside to explore our ponds as we search for nymphs and adult dragonflies. Wear rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet. No flip-flops, please. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, May 27 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM
Join us as we watch for turtles and other critters in and around Beaver Pond. We'll follow the trail as it meanders around the pond and through a cattail marsh, offering opportunities to explore at the water's edge. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Prehistoric Reinstein Woods
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM
Through all of Earth's disasters, certain animal and plant species have survived. Take a journey through time, and find out how far back some of them go. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding for Beginners with Scott Graber
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, May 31, 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.

June 2015

Batty for Bats
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 PM
Val Mitchell, current Naturalist Intern at Rogers and a previous bat technician, for a presentation about bats! Learn interesting and fun facts about bats, discover how important they are to us and our environment, and what we can do to help them. After the presentation, build your own bat house to take home! ($15 per bat house built) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Family Fun Program: What's Bugging You?
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 AM
They're in the grass and in the air. They're in your house and in your pool. They're everywhere! Bugs! Insects are most plentiful during the summer months; it is the perfect time to "get the bug" and challenge your inner entomologist to go outdoors and investigate the bugs around us! (Free All Ages) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 6, 2:00 PM
Join us on National Trails Day for a walk around the Old Field Trail. This half-mile trail hosts a variety of bird species, as well as cottontail rabbits and deer. Several ponds along the way are home to painted turtles, which may be sunning on the logs, as well as frogs, fish, ducks and muskrats. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Herp Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 6, 2:00 PM
Come along for an adventure in the woods as we search for different reptiles and amphibians. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Happy for Herps with Bill Cutler
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Sunday, June 7, 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 845-807-0291.

Birds and Babies - Fun for the Whole Family
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 13, 10:00 AM
Birds that remain at Five Rivers for the summer usually have babies and raise their young here. We'll watch for signs of breeding activity: males trying to attract mates, couples building nests, or young birds already out and about. Join us for a glimpse into the family life of birds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Evening Bird Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Friday, June 19, 7:00 PM
Evenings can be a great time to look for birds. Join us on this stroll to observe bird feeding and nesting activity. We hope to see swallows and swifts catching their evening meal over Wooduck Marsh. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we have a few pairs to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Natural History Walk with Jack Austin
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, June 20th, 8:30 AM
Stroll 2-3 miles on level terrain with naturalist Jack Austin as you see and listen to what is nesting, growing, and maturing in mid-summer. Wear good walking shoes as there may be wet areas and bring insect repellent. Meet at the Stop Sign parking area, off Haven Road (South Road side). For information, contact Jack at 845-856-0706 or cell at 845-649-8720.

Fun with Dad: Stream Dreams
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, June 20, 10:00 AM
Families are invited to explore the Vlomankill together for Father's Day. We'll gather at the education center, then walk to the stream to uncover hidden treasures, from stonefly nymphs to crayfish. Wear rubber boots or old shoes that can get wet. No flip-flops, please. Space is limited. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, June 17 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Stroller Strut
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 10:00 AM
Bring a stroller or wagon and share a sensory exploration of nature with your young child. For children ages 3 and under. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Senior Stroll
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 AM
Experience nature at your own pace, and enjoy a leisurely guided walk through the woods. Bring a lunch if you want to eat outdoors after the tour. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class #6
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 PM
Summer residents only! Why do some birds stay just for the summer? Learn about the catbirds, orioles, warblers and other summer residents in the 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.

Vernal Ponds: An Important Habitat
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, June 27, 10:00 AM
Vernal ponds or ephemeral pools are temporary bodies of water that provide habitat for a wide variety of organisms. Many species rely on the fleeting nature of these ponds for a safe place to lay eggs and have young develop. Bob Benton a local herpetologist, will highlight many of the specialized plants and animals associated with vernal pools. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Puddles to Ponds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, June 27, 10:30 AM
Bring your kids to explore the many life forms found in puddles and ponds. Please dress for the outdoors, and wear footwear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.