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Watchable Wildlife Events

Watchable Wildlife events, frog, and kids observing a turtle

January 2016 | February 2016

January 2016

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 9 at 9:00 AM
A great way to introduce kids to birding and escape the post-Christmas blahs! Teams of kids compete to see who can find the most birds on 90-minute hikes at Reinstein Woods and other nearby sites. Binocular instruction and lunch provided. For more information, call 716-683-5959. Register online on Reinstein Woods' website. (Link leaves DEC's website.) For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Guided Walk: Beaver Tree Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 PM
We'll take a leisurely stroll on the trail around Beaver Pond. Along the way, we'll ponder where the beaver and other pond residents are this time of year and how they cope with cold and ice. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 16 at 10:30 AM
Bring the family out for a fun walk on our snowy trails as we look for signs of wildlife. Snowshoe rental $5/person; $2/person for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Birding 101: Class #1
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, January 16 at 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This program will help you identify common birds and learn how to properly use binoculars. For adults only. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Endangered Species
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 PM
Join us for an indoor presentation to learn about endangered species locally and worldwide. Discover the reasons animals are endangered in our area and what you can do to help them. If weather permits, we will venture outside for an interpretive walk to learn about some of the ways Five Rivers is trying to help rare species survive. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

February 2016

Citizen Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 AM
For four days in February, the citizen science program called The Great Backyard Bird Count is held. This project is spearheaded by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. If you would like to come and help scientists track the mid-winter distribution and abundance of birds, or if you would just like to sip coffee and learn about common backyard birds at Five River's birding window, please join us for this program. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we have a few to loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Family Fun: Squirrels for Kids
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 PM
Some squirrel species are often seen, while others are elusive. How much do you know about these clever, interesting creatures? Join us for this family-friendly interactive program and find out how far a flying squirrel can fly, how far a gray squirrel can jump and a lot more. Weather permitting, we'll head outdoors afterwards to investigate clues left behind by Five Rivers' squirrels and discover how these resilient rodents survive the winter. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Open House: Animals of the Front Room
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to know more about the live and mounted animals in the visitor center at Five Rivers? Do you wonder what Gwen the falcon's favorite food is, or which birds visit the feeders and what makes them special? Join us to ask questions about the critters in Five Rivers' front room, and hear behind-the-scenes stories about the animals on display. Drop in during the afternoon; staff will be on hand to answer your questions. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Track and Scat Snowshoe Walk
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Friday, February 19 at 1:00 PM
Come investigate our trails for animal tracks and scat, and learn about wildlife living in the woods. Snowshoe rental $5/person; $2/person for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Family Fun: Exploring Outdoors
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM
Parents and preschoolers are invited to explore the outdoors together during this guided program. We'll begin indoors with a reading of Jan Brett's The Mitten, then head out on the trail to put our senses to work observing nature. Bring your spirit of adventure! For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Guided Walk: Old Field Trail
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 PM
Meander along the Old Field Trail as it skirts past Sunfish and Goose ponds. We'll watch for signs of wildlife along the way. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.

Birding 101: Class #2
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and Environmental Education Center, Depew, NY
Saturday, February 20 at 2:30 PM
Join us for a bird identification adventure. This class is a continuation of class #1 in January, but new participants are welcome. For adults only. For directions to the center, please visit the Reinstein Woods web page.

Watchable Wildlife: Wildlife in Winter
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar, NY
Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 PM
With shorter days and colder temperatures, many animals move on to more favorable climes. For those who stay, they have two choices: hibernate or adapt. We will walk the trails of Five Rivers, paying particular attention to those animals that remain active throughout the winter. We will observe them engaging in their daily routines or watch for signs that they have been active. Binoculars may come in handy if you have them. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan. For directions to the center, please visit the Five Rivers web page.