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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

October 2014 | November 2014

October 2014

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, October 18, 2:00 PM
Join a Five Rivers naturalist for a guided walk around the Beaver Pond. We'll watch for signs of activity from beavers and their neighbors as we enjoy a leisurely stroll along the trail. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Night Senses
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Learn about the realm of night through the eyes and ears of nocturnal animals. Join us on this late fall evening for an indoor presentation about nocturnal animals and their senses. This will be followed by a stroll outdoors to look for signs of these elusive creatures and discover more about the world in which they live. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Owl Prowl
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, October 24, 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. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Family Fun: Creepy, Crawly Creatures
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM
Come join us for a fun and crafty way to overcome your fear of some common creepy, crawly critters. Families will discover that spiders, snakes and house centipedes aren't so scary after all. After a brief presentation on some of these misunderstood animals, we'll make crafts indoors. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 22. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Halloween Night Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Experience the night forest as owls, beavers and foxes do. Discover the spooky side of Reinstein Woods on this guided sensory walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

November 2014

Nature's Recyclers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, November 1, 10:00 AM
Scavengers and decomposers perform a critical role in the ecosystem but are seldom appreciated. They keep our environment clean by consuming the remains of dead animals and plants. Their leftovers-including bones, shells, and antlers-can tell us a lot about how those animals lived. Join us as we explore the world of nature's recyclers. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Day of the Dead Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 1, 10:30 AM
What connects Reinstein Woods to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos? In this program, learn which beautiful creatures visit both the Woods and Mexico. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Coyotes
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 PM
Come learn about the wild canines that visit Five Rivers at night. An indoor overview of the natural history and ecological role of the eastern coyote will be followed by an outdoor walk to search for tracks, scat and other signs that coyotes and other mammals have been about. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: White-tailed Deer
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, November 15, 10:00 AM
The New York Wildlife Viewing Guide lists Five Rivers as a likely place to encounter white-tailed deer. Indeed, they are among the most watchable of all of our wildlife. We will look for signs of deer, including tracks, scat, and bedding and feeding areas. With luck, we may see deer! Between observations, we will also discuss the natural history of deer and DEC's role in managing deer populations. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

CSI: Critter Sign Investigation
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 AM
Become a nature detective and hunt for "clues" that wildlife have left along the trails. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Water Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 PM
Animals that live in the water, such as frogs, turtles, beavers and fish, are beginning to get ready for winter. Migrating birds, including ducks and geese, may be stopping by to refuel at Five Rivers before continuing their journey. This hike will take us near many of the ponds and wetlands at Five Rivers so we can observe the changing of the seasons. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Talkin' Turkey
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, November 22, 10:00 AM
Come learn all about birds, specifically wild turkeys, at this family-friendly program. You'll learn the natural history of these fascinating animals through an indoor presentation, a craft project and an outdoor search for turkeys. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call the center at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, November 19. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Tracks and Scat: Who's Been Here?
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 AM
Come for a hike on the trails to discover and investigate which animals have left behind signs of their tracks and scat. For children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 PM
In preparation for Thanksgiving, we'll explore along the Wild Turkey Trail for Five Rivers' own population of wild turkeys. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Turkey Stroll
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, November 29, 10:30 AM
After Thanksgiving is a great time for a walk in the woods. Join us on a guided nature walk as we look for wild turkeys and the clues they leave behind. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.