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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

April 2014 | May 2014

April 2014

Life of Migrating Song Birds
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00 PM
Hosted in Bird Cabin, the brown building right next to the main parking lot! What a better ay to welcome spring than by enjoying beautiful song birds. Join us as John Pumilio describes and explains the "Life of Migrating Songs Birds" at Rogers Center. Refreshments and desserts will be provided, as well as the opportunity to orders Song Bird Coffee! For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Frogs and Toads of Rogers Center
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, April 12, 10:30 AM
Friends of Rogers welcomes Robert H. Benton, a Herpetologist from Sherburne, to share his passion and knowledge for reptiles and amphibians. Frogs and Toads of Rogers Center is the first in a three part series about New York State's herps.

  • Learn about their lifecycle and diet
  • Gain tips and tricks for easy identification
  • Opportunities to listen to and identify their calls
  • Explore small ponds or vernal pools for the Frogs and Toads of Rogers Center
  • Fun for all

For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 12, 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.

Chenango Bird Club Field
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Week of April 14 - 18
The Chenango Bird Club is planning a trip to Derby Hill, near Oswego, during the week of April 14-18. Derby Hill is a premier hawk watch location, funneling migrating raptors along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The exact date will be determined by weather conditions. Call Charlene LaFever at 607-334-9112 to express your interest in this trip. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

CSI: Critter Sign Investigation
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Monday, April 14, 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.

Family Fun: Introduction to Birding
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Wednesday, April 16, 10:00 AM
Join us for an elementary approach to bird life as we study birds at the feeder and beyond. This program will cover concepts in bird anatomy, behavior, identification and conservation, which parent and child can build upon at home. Parents and children must accompany each other. This program is free, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Saturday, April 12. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Black Bears
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 19, 2:00 PM
Families are invited to learn about black bears during this fun, hands-on presentation. We'll discover what kinds of food bears like to eat that people also enjoy, and play a game about how bears survive in the forest. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Animal Superpowers
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, April 19, 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. Take a walk and learn about some of the 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.

Citizen Science: Woodcock Watch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursday, April 24, 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.

Owl Prowl
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, April 25, 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. Fee = $2.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members = $1.00. 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.

Watchable Wildlife: Audubon's Birds
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 AM
Celebrate the birth of ornithologist and painter John James Audubon. His Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed and inspired an interest in birds that continues to this day. We'll observe birds in the field and compare them to their images in Audubon's paintings. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

May 2014

Citizen Science: Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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. Beginners 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. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Vertebrate Hunt
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 3, 10:00 AM
Spring is one of the best seasons for hearing and seeing vertebrate animals. Join us at this family-friendly presentation to learn all about animals that have a backbone. Discover which animals are vertebrates and learn about different types of vertebrates through interactive games and activities. Then, with our newfound knowledge, we will look and listen for vertebrates on the trail. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Birds and Breakfast
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 AM
Join members of the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club as they welcome the arrival of spring with an early morning bird walk. The earliest party will meet in the parking lot at 6:00 AM. Others are invited to gather at the center at 6:45 AM to organize into birding groups which will head out at 7:00 and 8:00 AM. At 10:30 AM, groups will return to the center to tally and compare their results, and to share breakfast. (Food provided by HMBC; donations appreciated.) Please call the center at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, May 7 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Birds
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 AM
Did you know Reinstein Woods is a designated Watchable Wildlife destination? Search for spring migrant birds on a guided walk in the Woods. 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.

Walk on the Wild Side: Wild Turkey Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 17, 2:00 PM
Join us for a two-mile hike along Five Rivers' Wild Turkey Trail. The trail extends to the northernmost edge of Five Rivers, skirting a 60-acre field and meandering throughout hardwood forests. We'll enjoy spring blooms, glimpse wildlife, and watch for signs of wild turkey. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Naughty Nature Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, May 23, 6:00 PM
It is spring and love is in the air, especially among the animals at Reinstein Woods. Take a walk on the wild side as we discuss the birds and the bees. For adults only. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

World Turtle Day
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Friday, May 23, 7:00 PM
Come learn all about turtles up close and personal as we celebrate World Turtle Day. Turtle expert Dee Strnisa, who will have live turtles with her, will conduct an indoor overview of turtle natural history and the conservation challenges turtles face today. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Bird Migration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 24, 9:00 AM
After spending winter in the warmth of more temperate climes, many bird species return to Five Rivers to breed or continue on to homes even farther north. Five Rivers provides the habitat that birds need to nest and raise young, and also offers the shelter and food required for birds to rest and refuel as they continue their journey. We will watch for residents and migrants, exploring a variety of habitats important to migratory birds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Turtles, Snakes and Salamanders, Oh My!
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, May 24, 11:30 AM
Join us for a hike along the trails to find these wonderful cold-blooded creatures and help us record what we see. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Service Loop Stroll
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 24, 2:00 PM
The Service Loop offers a nice easy stroll along wide flat trails. It is a great way to enjoy a cross section of Five Rivers. We will pass through a variety of habitats, including ponds, marshes, old fields and mature forest. We may see Canada geese with goslings and a wide variety of migratory birds, plus frogs, turtles, and much more. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Macroinvertebrates
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 AM
Join us for a detailed program about some fascinating aquatic insects of the Vlomankill. During this indoor presentation, we'll look at three species of macroinvertebrates: mayfly, stonefly, and caddisfly. An in-depth discussion will be followed by an opportunity to view live specimens under a digital microscope. This program is free, but space is limited. Please call the center at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, May 28 to register. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.