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March 10, 2004

CONTACT: Diann Jackson, 312-7961


    OSWEGO -- Bird-watching courses, nature hikes and children's creative activities are among the spring activities slated at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station.

    A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles -- hikes showcasing the birds, buds and creatures of the station -- will start at 1 p.m. on four Saturdays: April 3 and 17 and May 1 and 8. Participants should call the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for these admission-free hikes.

    A four-part course the on spring hawk migration will feature two lectures at Rice Creek Field Station and two Saturday bird-watching field trips to the Derby Hill observatory in Mexico. Ornithologist Gerry Smith will lead sessions geared toward identifying birds and explaining migration ecology. Binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own.

    The lectures will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 7 and 14, with the trips to Derby Hill, renowned as one of the best bird-watching destinations in the Northeast, running from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 10 and 17. Program size is limited, and pre-registration is required before March 29. Cost of this course is $40.

    Visitors can sample a symphony of seasonal sights and sounds during "A Peep at Spring" from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Pat Carney will lead this nature hike to listen to spring peepers and wood frogs and spy elusive spotted salamanders and other inhabitants. Those attending "A Peep at Spring" are encouraged to dress warmly and bring boots to explore the wetlands. Program cost is $5, and pre-registration is required before April 14.

    Children can explore the woods and wetlands of Rice Creek and learn some creative activities during "Wild and Crafty," from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22. Nichole Thibado will lead children on a brief walk, weather permitting, followed by a workshop to create nature-themed projects that kids can take home. An adult must accompany children aged 6 or under. Pre-registration is required before May 12, and the program fee is $5 per child.

    For additional information on any of these programs, or to make reservations, call 312-7961.

    Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The research building, with exhibits and an indoor viewing gallery, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trails are open every day for hiking and biking from dawn to dusk.

    The field station accommodates the general public and serves as a center for college courses and research. It is located on Thompson Road, a quarter-mile south of State Route 104, just west of the main SUNY Oswego entrance.

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