Rice Creek to host events for bird lovers

Two events for bird enthusiasts are among the autumn activities slated at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

The bird-watching excursion “Waterfowl at Montezuma” will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. This trip to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge will feature a guided tour led by ornithologist Gerry Smith to see tundra swans, bald eagles and an assortment of other waterfowl. The program fee is $25, which includes transportation, with pre-registration required before Oct. 27. Binoculars will be provided for those who do not own any. Participants should dress for cool and windy conditions, bring a lunch and be at least 16 years of age.

“Feeding Feathered Friends” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, will feature a slide presentation and nature hike led by Pat Carney. The hike will focus on local songbirds and how they deal with the rigors of winter. The songbirds’ foraging habitat and bird-feeding preferences will be discussed. Pre-registration is required before Nov. 20, with a $6 fee. Binoculars will be provided for those who need them.

The program size is limited for both events. For additional information on any program or to make reservations, call 312-7961.

Rice Creek Field Station features 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres ranging from open fields to forests. The research building is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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

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(Posted: Sep 19, 2007)