Rice Creek Field Station sets summer public sessions

Tips on growing Oswego tea, nature hikes and opportunities to see bird-banding are among the summer events slated at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles—walks introducing participants to the summer birds, buds and blooms of the station —will start at 11 a.m. on several Saturdays: June 6, 13 and 27; July 11, 18 and 25; and August 1, 8 and 15. Attendees are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

Nature lovers can take an early-morning bird walk and see a bird-banding demonstration from master bander Jim Keefer at 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Rice Creek. This drop-in event showcasing early-summer birds is free and open to the public, although adults should accompany any attending children.

Master gardener Vicki Mather will share gardening tips on Oswego tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Mather will provide an indoor presentation, followed by a visit to Rice Creek’s Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden to learn more about this local namesake and other interesting plants. Admission is free.

For additional information on any program, 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 is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Trails are open every day 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 in the town of Oswego, a quarter-mile south of Route 104 and the main SUNY Oswego campus.

For information, visit www.oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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CONTACT: Dr. Diann Jackson, 312-7961

(Posted: May 21, 2009)