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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

November 2014 | December 2014

November 2014

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.

Family Fun Program: Ohh Dear!
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday November 15, 10:30 AM
Friends of Rogers to learn more about our gentle forest friends-White-tailed Deer! This program will include an information session with hands-on materials, games, and a hike to search for deer tracks. For contact information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center 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.

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: 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.