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April 2016 | May 2016

April 2016

Reinstein Woods - Owl Prowl
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, April 8, 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.

Reinstein Woods - Digital Nature Photography for Beginners: Focus on Wildlife
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 PM
Learn some tips for taking great nature photos. Bring your own camera as we head out on a trail to practice taking pictures. Together, we will share photos and questions. For adults and children ages 12 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: CLASS #4
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 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 only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Nature Watch
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Weekends from Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, June 19
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Join trained BKAA Nature Watch Volunteers at the South Road Boat Launch to learn more about the many residents of this amazing wetland. View the nesting 1 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! For more details and to register for the program, please call 845-434-6209 or 845-888-261.

Five Rivers - Woodcock Walk
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
We'll begin indoors with a brief talk about the American Woodcock and its management at Five Rivers. Then we'll stroll on the Service Road through managed areas and feeding swales to watch and listen for Woodcock. Bring binoculars and a flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather. For registration call 518-475-0291 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Friends of Rogers - Crepuscular Hike: Call of the Peeper
Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Route 80, Sherburne, NY
Friday, April 22, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
For many, the call of the spring peeper marks the arrival of the long overdue spring season. Their sleigh-bell-like chorus can reach 110-120 decibels from just 6 inches away. For comparison, a jet engine produces 120 decibels from 120 feet away! Despite their loud calls, spring peepers are only about the size of a thumbnail and are seldom seen. Embark on a twilight journey as we search for this very vocal but elusive creature. A flashlight is recommended. Members- $2, Not-Yet-Members - $3
Pre-registration is suggested - space is limited. For more details and to register for the program, please call 607-674-4733.

Five Rivers - Turtle Time
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Painted and snapping turtles are common sights for visitors at Five Rivers. We'll begin indoors with an opportunity to meet one of our captive painted turtles, then walk around Beaver Pond in search of turtles in their natural habitat. For registration call 518-475-0291 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 23, 2:30 PM
Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. 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.

Reinstein Woods - Educator Workshop: Aquatic Wild
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Tuesday, April 26, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This interactive, hands-on workshop provides K-12 educators with an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Participants receive a curriculum guide full of activities that are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts. Refreshments provided. For educators of students in grades K-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Reinstein Woods - Aliens!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 PM
Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

May 2016

Five Rivers - Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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 education 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.

Reinstein Woods - Warbler Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 14, 10:30 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.

Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) - Spring Migration Warbler Walk
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, Wurtsboro, NY
Saturday, May 14, 8:00 AM
Birding walk to see an array of spring migrants including warblers, orioles, and grosbeaks. Meet with your guide, John Hass, at the "Stop Sign Parking Area" off Haven Road and move to the Nature Trail from there and finish up at the Main Boat Launch. The walk will last at least two hours. Bring binoculars. For more details and to register for the program, please call 845-888-0240.

Reinstein Woods - Birding 101: CLASS #5
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 21, 2:30 PM
Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Five Rivers - Bluebirds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 AM
The eastern bluebird is a conservation success story. Thanks to volunteers throughout the state, bluebirds in New York 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. A limited supply will be available to borrow. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Reinstein Woods - Birdwatching Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, May 23, 8:00 AM
Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. 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.

Reinstein Woods - Turtle Lore
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM
Enjoy turtle lore and a stroll around Reinstein Woods' ponds on a quest to spot these fascinating creatures. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.