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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

December 2014 | January 2015

December 2014

Silent Night
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 PM
Creatures have good reasons for being quiet both day and night. Join us for this evening stroll to look and listen for what might be out there. We will take an easy walk on Five Rivers' level trails to explore the underappreciated world of night. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Home for the Holidays
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 AM
Join Five Rivers staff as we play games and discover how and where animals spend the winter. Many people think of hibernation, but there are other ways animals survive the coldest months. We'll explore some of the creative adaptations of our regional wildlife as they prepare to survive this challenging season. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Citizen Science: Night Owls and Hot Dogs
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 6, 4:00 PM
Join center staff and bird experts from the Audubon Society of the Capital Region as we survey owls at Five Rivers. Field parties will visit likely owl roosts, then gather at a roaring campfire to compare findings. Complimentary hot dogs and hot drinks will answer the question, "Who cooks for you?" Space is limited. Please call the center at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, November 26. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Service Road Loop
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 13, 10:00 AM
At this hectic time of year, take a break, slow down and appreciate the beauty of the natural world all around you. The Service Road Loop is a flat walk that takes you past ponds, forests and fields. Several mammal and bird species have been spotted along this interesting stretch of Five Rivers. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Weathering the Winter
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, December 13, 10:30 AM
Learn how animals survive the long winter season 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.

Watchable Wildlife: Falcons
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 13, 2:00 PM
Four species of falcons have been seen in New York State. This includes the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine, which can dive at speeds up to 220 mph. Learn more about this amazing animal and New York's other falcon species at this indoor presentation featuring a live falcon. Join us afterward for a walk on the trails to look for and discuss falcon habitat and prey. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun Program: Winter Warriors - Birds of the Snow
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, December 20, 10:30 AM
Come learn about our feathered friends who brave the harsh winters of the Northeast. Learn some tips and tricks for identifying many of our common winter birds. Join us on a short hike to find those that brave the winter, and then warm up inside while making a pinecone bird feeder to attract the winter warriors to your yard. (Free-all ages) For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Family Fun: Not a Creature was Stirring
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 20, 2:00 PM
Animals have but one problem going into winter-how to come out the other side! Happily, critters have learned to cope with the season in many different ways. Join us for indoor stories and an outdoor study of winter survival strategies. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, December 27, 2:00 PM
As the Beaver Pond freezes over, we'll take a walk to get a sense of how the animals that rely upon the pond are coping. We'll watch for the beavers' lodge and survey the last of the open water from the vantage point of overlooks along the trail. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, December 30, 10:30 AM
Look for signs of who is out and about in the winter woods, and discover how animals survive the cold. Snowshoe rental = $5.00/person; Friends of Reinstein Woods 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.

January 2015

Citizen Science: New Year's Day Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursday, January 1, 9:00 AM
Join bird experts from the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club and the Audubon Society of the Capital Region for our 34th annual New Year's Day survey. Seventy-one different species have been found at Five Rivers on Albany's "First Morning," and the composite checklist of this long-term study shows 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 Wednesday, December 31 before 4:30 PM to confirm this event will still be held. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Holiday Bird Count for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, January 3, 10:00 AM
In late December and early January, birders across North, Central and South America will be going afield to participate in the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. At Five Rivers, young birders and their families are invited to participate in our first ever Holiday Bird Count for Kids, a less rigorous version of the original, but equally beneficial for citizen science. Sign up as a family or a group. Field parties will be assigned territories at Five Rivers. We'll begin with a "binocular boot camp" then send you out to count birds. We'll reconvene at the Visitor Center to compile our sightings, swap stories, and warm up with hot cocoa. Registration is required. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by December 30. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Service Loop Road
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 AM
We'll take a leisurely stroll past ponds, fields and forests as we explore for signs of animal activity. Along this gentle 1.5-mile trail we may encounter deer, songbirds and more. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Squirrels for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, January 10, 2:00 PM
Some squirrel species are seen often, while others are elusive. How much do you know about these clever, interesting creatures? Join us for this family-friendly interactive program and find out how far a flying squirrel can fly, how far a grey squirrel can jump, and a lot more. Weather permitting, we'll head outdoors afterwards to investigate clues left behind by Five Rivers' squirrels, and discover how these resilient rodents survive the winter. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101 - Class 1
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 17, 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This program will help you identify common birds and learn 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.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, January 31, 2:00 PM
Come along as we look for signs of animals that take advantage of the habitat around Beaver Pond in winter. We are certain to find tracks, houses and other clues to what these critters are doing at this time of year. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.