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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

September 2014 | October 2014

September 2014

Citizen Science: Early Birder
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7:30 AM
Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of fall 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.

The Marvels of Avian Migration
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 6, 10:00 AM
Why do birds and other animals migrate? Which birds migrate at night and which by day? During this program, you will learn about different migration strategies and mechanics, the advantages and disadvantages of migration, and the techniques used to study these marvelous travelers. The particularly impressive migration feats of some species will also be covered. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Beginning Birding
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 6, 2:00 PM
Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start this fascinating hobby. During this indoor/outdoor clinic, center staff will provide an overview of tools and techniques that will help you tell the catbirds from the cowbirds in your dogwoods. Afterward, staff will lead an outdoor foray to look and listen for common birds. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary; we have a few pairs to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101: Class #7
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 6, 2:30 PM
We will continue to learn how to identify birds by sight and sound as we take a stroll to search for fall migrants. Bring field guides and 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.

Watchable Wildlife: Nightjars
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 PM
Whip-poor-wills and nighthawks, in the nightjar family, were once common in our area of New York. Both species are now in decline and face a variety of conservation challenges. Join us for an evening program about this fascinating group of birds. We'll begin with an indoor presentation and then head outdoors to scan the evening sky for a glimpse of these and other early migrants. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Outdoors for Everyone: Five Rivers' Accessible Trails
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM
Everyone benefits from spending time outdoors in nature, but not everyone feels comfortable walking across uneven terrain. We'll explore Nature's Accessible Backyard Trail and the Woodlot Trail, both of which are easy to travel by foot, stroller, wheelchair or walker. Our journey will take us through forest, field and wildflowers, and past a small frog pond. Frequent stops to explore each area will enthrall all ages and abilities. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Wildlife in Disguise
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 13, 10:30 AM
Explore some of the unique ways that animals camouflage with their environment 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.

14th Annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 AM
Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities, food, live music by Mama Earth and more! For more information about the festival, please visit the Annual Fall Festival web page. No registration required for this event. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Annual Fall Festival at Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 20, 12:00 PM
Join us for a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and more. Enjoy opportunities to meet live hawks, owls, snakes and turtles up close and personal. Meet Smokey Bear, cast for "backyard bass," and enjoy staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners...all absolutely free of charge! There will also be live music from two fabulous local bands, Acoustic Hartland and Cautiously Optimistic, and sales of refreshments, plants and birdseed. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun Program: Pop Goes the Weasel
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, September 20, 10:30 AM
Come weasel your way into the world of New York State weasels. Learn all about the similarities and differences that each weasel exhibits. Touch some real furs from these animals, and take a hike to try and spot different areas and habitats where you commonly find them. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Citizen Science: Project FeederWatch
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM
Many people enjoy watching birds at their backyard feeders. But did you know your observations can contribute to the study of bird populations and movement? Noting what you see and reporting your observations can enhance your enjoyment while adding to our collective knowledge of birds. Come learn how you can participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch and other simple ways to better understand your backyard birds. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, September 27, 2:00 PM
This half-mile loop trail follows the wooded border of Beaver Pond and features several scenic overlooks and close approaches to the pond that offer an excellent opportunity to enjoy seasonal flora and fauna. This trail includes moderate ups and downs over a woodchip base. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Habitat Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM
Who are the critters in our "neighborhood"? Learn about our resident wildlife-what they eat and where they live. For children under age 12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

October 2014

Watchable Wildlife: Birds of Five Rivers
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, October 4, 10:00 AM
Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start the fascinating hobby of birdwatching. Beginners and advanced birders are all welcome at this outdoor walk to look and listen for our late migrators and year-round residents. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun Program: Let's Get Batty
Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne, NY
Saturday, October 4th, 10:30 AM
Come fly with us and learn about the different bats commonly found in New York State. Enjoy numerous bat-related games and create your own bat to bring home with you. For more information and directions to the center, please visit the Rogers Environmental Education Center web page.

Birding 101: Class #8
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 4, 2:30 PM
Learn how to identify birds that visit bird feeders in fall and winter, and what to feed them. Bring field guides and 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.

Under a Log Hunt
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 AM
Bring the family out for a fun hike as we search under logs for insects, beetles, bugs and fungus. 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, October 18, 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.

Night Senses
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Learn about the realm of night through the eyes and ears of nocturnal animals. Join us on this late fall evening for an indoor presentation about nocturnal animals and their senses. This will be followed by a stroll outdoors to look for signs of these elusive creatures and discover more about the world in which they live. 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, October 24, 6:30 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 = $4.00/person; Friends of Reinstein Woods members = $2.00/person. 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.

Family Fun: Creepy, Crawly Creatures
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM
Come join us for a fun and crafty way to overcome your fear of some common creepy, crawly critters. Families will discover that spiders, snakes and house centipedes aren't so scary after all. After a brief presentation on some of these misunderstood animals, we'll make crafts indoors. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 22. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Halloween Night Hike
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 PM
Experience the night forest as owls, beavers and foxes do. Discover the spooky side of Reinstein Woods on this guided sensory walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.