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July 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019

July 2019

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Help Five Rivers Monitor Monarchs
Citizen Science: Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Wednesdays - July 3, 2019 through October 16, 2019 from 1:00PM - 2:00 PM
Citizen Science: MONARCH LARVA MONITORING PROJECT (MLMP)
Take part in ongoing research on monarch butterflies. For more than 15 years, we have collected data at Five Rivers and have contributed to the University of Minnesota's continent-wide citizen science project. The goal of the MLMP is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary, with a focus on their distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America (Canada, Mexico and United States). Meet at the visitor center. Go to www.mlmp.org to learn more about the project. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Herp Search
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Join us for a reptile and amphibian exploration! We will hike the trails and search for the elusive herpetofauna living here at Five Rivers. Along the way, we will learn some of the cool adaptations that help these animals survive, and some of the threats they face. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 3 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Annual Butterfly Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM
If you like "coppers" and "blues," you're either inside watching police dramas or outside watching butterflies. And what a show these "flying flowers" can be! Join us for a close-up look at common butterflies of the Capital District as we continue our annual bio-assay. Nets (for catch and release) or binoculars are welcome. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 3 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Butterfly Super Senses
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Take a close-up look at real butterfly and moth specimens, and learn how their super-vision, super-smell and internal GPS actually work. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - I BIRD NY: Cool Facts About Common Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Join us for a leisurely walk on Five Rivers flat trails. During this walk around ponds and through fields and forests we will look and listen for some of the common local birds. Learn about distress calls and territorial songs and other interesting aspects of these species lives. Please bring binoculars if you have them. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Vlomankill Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM
This lovely trail follows the banks of the Vlomankill stream through towering hemlocks. It is one of the coolest trails on the property especially on a hot day. On this walk we will travel about a mile and will encounter some small hills. We hope to see wildflowers and squirrels and listen for birds along the way. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Night Hike
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Join a Five Rivers naturalist for an unusual guided hike! Enjoy the light of the waxing moon as we take a walk to learn about the nocturnal wildlife living here at Five Rivers. We will stop a few times along the trail to put our senses to the test with nocturnal games. All ages welcome. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 10 to register. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Full Moon Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Discover the hidden lives of nocturnal animals on this guided full-moon hike. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - The Search for Monarchs
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Learn about the monarch butterfly's life cycle, and search for eggs, caterpillars, and adult butterflies. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Habitats of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Five Rivers is home to so many different animals! Join a center naturalist for a walk around the property to see and discuss the different habitats that support these animals. We will see field, forest, marsh, and pond habitats. All ages welcome. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 17 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM
We will take a walk along the Beaver Tree Trail to see what the beavers are up to. We'll watch for turtles, dragonflies and other critters that share this habitat as we check the status of the beavers' dam and lodge. Space is limited. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 17 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek. Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Going Batty!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact from fiction and learn about the only true flying mammals. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Ribbit, Slither, Croak!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Discover snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Search for sparrows in the woods and learn about the eight species that visit here. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

August 2019

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Sounds of Summer
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Come meander your way through the trails at Five Rivers as we listen for and identify the sounds that surround us. This one-mile walk will include uneven and wet trails. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring water. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Dragons and Damsels of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Come learn about our common dragonflies and damselflies before heading out on the trail to survey. During this walk to tally the resident "dragons" and "damsels" on the property, we will identify some of the populations and watch their interactions. Be Aware: Watching dragonflies and damselflies involves sitting quietly and observing. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, July 31 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
A favorite with families, this trail features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to the Beaver Pond, with excellent opportunities to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna and the beaver lodge. Join us as we watch for muskrats, turtles and their neighbors. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Wow, it's Hot!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Take a stroll along the Service Loop Trail as we talk about how animals keep cool in the summer heat. Did you know vultures poop on their feet? Coyotes use their tongues to cool off. What do snakes do? And hey, we can't forget the plants! They must do something when they get hot, too. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Night Hike - Night Owls
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Who who who whoooo wants to learn about nocturnal life at Five Rivers? Join the staff on a night hike and learn how animals have adapted to life in the dark. We'll use our senses to explore. All ages welcome. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 7 to register. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Spiders: What's in Your Web?
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Spiders are amazing predators that are skilled in stealth, camouflage, and engineering. We will search for spiders and their webs on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Family Nature Quest: World of the Pond
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Join as we grab nets and scoop in the pond to search for aquatic animals. Wear waterproof boots or old sneakers. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Watchable Wildlife: National Honey Bee Day
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Honey bees have both fascinating and important lives. Come celebrate National Honey Bee Day with Five Rivers staff! We will talk about the importance of honey bees, threats to their survival, and ways you can help. Take a walk to see our different hives where we will observe honey bee behavior and taste their delicious honey! Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, August 14 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Short Talks on Live Critters
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM, 10:20 AM, and 10:40 AM
Join us for a series of three short talks featuring live animals. Each talk will be no more than 15 minutes long, so come to all, or just one or two. We will have live birds and turtles on hand and will share fascinating facts about these local creatures. These programs are designed for children and their parents. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Mammal Mayhem
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about the mammals featured in Five Rivers' visitor center? Do you have questions about other New York State mammals or would you just like to learn more about these furry creatures? We will feature a table of furs and skulls, so you can get up close and personal with your favorite mammal. Stop in with your questions and your curiosity. A Five Rivers environmental educator will be on hand to answer your questions. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: Class #8
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Why do birds migrate? Learn which species to look for as they prepare for their long journey south. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Hike: Vlomankill Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Take a slow stroll along the Vlomankill under the shade of hemlocks. We'll look and listen for wildlife as we meander along the trail. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Hike: Nature at Work
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 2:00 PM
In honor of Labor Day, this hike will explore all the hard work nature does at Five Rivers, from our forests to our ponds. We'll check out lush wetlands, trees full of life, and active animals of all sizes to discover the ultimate laborer-Nature! For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

September 2019

Five Rivers - I Bird NY - Citizen Science: Early Birders
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2019 at 7:30 AM
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 visitor 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 Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: Our Invasive World
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM
The northeast has become home to many invasive plants and animals. Come learn about some of the invasive flora and fauna at Five Rivers and how these new species are affecting the habitat and the native critters that live in it. We will also go over the various signs that these invaders are among us, as early detection by local residents is a great way to curb their spread and keep diversity in our habitat. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Citizen Science: World Water Monitoring
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Tiny critters in our ponds and streams, called macroinvertebrates, need certain conditions to survive. Come help Five Rivers observe these invertebrates and collect data on water quality to determine the health of our waters. Close-toed shoes that can get wet and muddy are required. Please no flip-flops. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 11 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Guided Walk: Full Moon Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:30 PM
See Five Rivers in a new light! Join us for a guided nature walk under the light of the moon to explore the nighttime wildlife. Bring your headlamps, flashlights, and your best observation skills. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 11 to register. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Five Rivers - Family Fun: Grasshoppers and Crickets, Oh My!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Take a closer look at grasshoppers and crickets, starting with an introduction indoors. We'll use sweep nets outside to capture these amazing insects and observe them in their natural habitat. Afterwards we'll have a jumping contest and release our specimens back into the wild. Space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 25 to register. For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.