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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

March 2015 | April 2015

March 2015

"Not There Yet" Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 AM
As winter thaws into spring, when do the animals reappear? On this guided walk, discover what's happening in the woods as spring approaches. We will just walk if there is no snow. Snowshoe rental $5 per person, $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Nature Watch Training
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 AM
Become a BKAA Volunteer at the Basha Kill! Come to this training to learn about the birds of the Basha Kill including bald eagles and ospreys so that you can volunteer with the Nature Watch Program. If you love the Basha Kill and like to talk with people, this program is for you! Training for this year includes a talk and photo presentation by John Haas, premier Basha Kill birder and author of A Birding Guide to Sullivan County, and by Lance Verderame, Sullivan County Audubon Field Trip Coordinator for the New York State Young Birders Club. Their presentation will focus on Birds of the Basha Kill. Nuts and bolts of the program will also be explained. After training, you sign up for three shifts (three hours each) on Saturdays or Sundays from April 18th through June 28th. A quick field trip to the boat launch follows so you can become familiar with our spotting scopes and the location for our program. Training will be held at the Church Hall of the Community Church, 134 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro. For more details and to register for the program, please call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261.

Early Spring Waterfowl Migration with John Haas
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, March 21st, 8:00 AM
Meet John at the parking lot on Haven Road at 8:00 AM. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. We should see an array of early ducks, geese and mergansers. We will go to the Main Boat Launch when finished at Haven Road to walk the Birch Trail to see additional species. Boots may be of help in this area. The walk lasts about 2 hours. For more information about this event, please visit the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area website. (This page leaves DEC.)

Birding 101: Class #3
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, March 21, 2:30 PM
What bird am I? Come learn the general types of birds found in 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.

Habitats of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Beginning Monday, March 23, 1:30 PM
Adults are invited to join educators from the Friends of Five Rivers' Guided School Program for a series of five classes this season. Each class begins with a brief indoor chat before heading out to learn more about the habitats at Five Rivers. We'll explore stream, pond, field, and forest ecology at a relaxed pace. Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Please meet at the Guided School Program building at Five Rivers. Space is limited. Contact the Guided School Coordinator at 518-475-0297 or gsp5rivers@outlook.com to register by Monday, March 16. Fee = $40 for the series. Program runs March 23-April 27 (except April 6). For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Snowy with a Chance of Salamanders
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, March 28, 10:30 AM
With the return of spring, we will explore the spring pools and search under logs for spotted salamanders. This is the time of year for them to lay their eggs and a chance to get a rare glimpse of this secretive creature. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Frogwatch USA Volunteer Training
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 PM
Become a citizen scientist! Participate in this training program, and volunteer to help monitor the frogs and toads here at Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

April 2015

The Pond - Frozen No Longer
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM
After months of living below an ice ceiling, many of our pond inhabitants, as well as the water they live in, have begun to stir. We will examine critters that live in, on, or near the water focusing on how the freezing and thawing cycle impacts their lives. Participants will have the opportunity to use dip nets to observe some of the pond life up close. This program is appropriate for children and adults. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun Program: Egg-cellant Camouflage!
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, April 4, 10:30 AM
Why are some eggs covered in speckles? How do mother birds protect their eggs when they aren't guarding them? Join Friends of Rogers in an exciting program about how birds, such as quail, use camouflage to hide their multi-colored eggs. Try your wing at disguising your own egg to mimic your surroundings. This program is free and is for all ages. For directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

No-Housework-Day Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 AM
It's spring break, so moms and dads deserve a day off-from housework at least! Bring the family for an early spring hike, and explore how animals keep house at Reinstein Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

CSI: Critter Sign Investigation
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, April 8, 10:30 AM
Become a nature detective and look for "clues" left by wildlife along the trails. For children ages 6 to 10. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. 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, April 10, 7:30 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. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Fee $4 per person; $2 per person for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Beginning Birding by Sight and Sound
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM
Birds can be identified by sound as well as by sight. Spring is the best time to do this as the males are declaring their territory and advertising their presence to prospective female partners. Join us for coffee at the bird feeding window to look and listen for common backyard birds. Then participate in an optional walk on our trails to identify birds further afield. 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.

Endangered Species
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 PM
Species in the wild face many challenges. Extinctions resulting from human habitation began thousands of years ago and continue today. Find out which giant animals lived in New York State when people first arrived, which animals may face extinction in the future, and which animals have been brought back from the brink. After the indoor presentation, an optional outdoor walk will include a look at some of the efforts by Five Rivers' volunteers to aid local species, and information about what you can do to help. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Peeper Feature
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 PM
Frogs are beginning their spring calling for mates. Come learn all about the frog species you may see and hear at Five Rivers. Afterwards, join us for an optional walk to the ponds to listen for the deafening chorus of the spring peeper. Learn how this small animal-the size of your fingernail-can make such a loud sound. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Service Loop Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM
The Service Loop Trail offers a nice easy stroll along wide flat trails and is a great way to enjoy a cross section of Five Rivers. We'll pass through a variety of habitats, including ponds, marshes, old fields and mature forest. Come see what kinds of critters are out at this time of year and what they're doing. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Ants Alive!
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 18, 2:00 PM
Join us on this outdoor search for underground activity. We'll explore some of the many ant mounds found at Five Rivers and gain a better understanding of their size and layout. Discover what ants are doing now that warmer weather is upon us. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101: Class #4
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 PM
Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in 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.

Citizen Science: Woodcock Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM
Join us for the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club's annual woodcock survey. Meet at the Visitor Center for a brief talk about the American woodcock and its management at Five Rivers. As the evening deepens, we'll stroll along the Service Road through managed areas and feeding swales, watching and listening for woodcock. Bring binoculars and a flashlight, and dress appropriately for the weather. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Crepuscular Walk: Call of the Peeper
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, April 24, 7:00 PM
You recognize the sound but do you know who makes it? Join us for an evening hike as we set out to find the elusive spring peeper and other wetland residents. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. 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, April 25, 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. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Nature Watch at the South Road Boat Launch
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Beginning Sunday, April 26, 10:00 AM
Join trained BKAA Nature Watch Volunteers at the South Road boat launch to learn more about many residents of this amazing wetland. View the nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, the Volunteers will help you get to know the Basha Kill a little better. Bring your children, other family members and friends of all ages for some fun in the outdoors! From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday between April 26th and June 29th. Call Kevin Keller at 845-434-6209 or Maryallison Farley at 845-888-0261 for more details.