Summer programs invite public to Rice Creek with buzz, chirp and beauty

SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station will feature its popular Exploring Nature program for children, a special presentation on butterflies, its signature Rice Creek Rambles and bird banding in a busy summer to come.

Registration deadline is June 5 for the two sessions of Exploring Nature, weeklong opportunities to pique the curiosity of children ages 5 to 15 about the natural world through nature walks, activities and games.

Parents may register their children at for the July 11 to 15 or July 18 to 22 sessions, which run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

On June 18, Mike Holy will talk about his field guide, “Butterflies at Rice Creek,” in a 1 p.m. edition of Rice Creek’s Reflections Series. Weather permitting, Holy will give the presentation around the field station and on its trails. The session will be free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Meanwhile, naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles move to biweekly with “Life Abounds at Rice Creek” on June 11 and “What’s Buzzing?” on June 25.

The walks begin at 11 a.m. those Saturdays at the main building, off Thompson Road south of the main SUNY Oswego campus. Those planning to attend should call 216-6877 to inquire about trail conditions the morning of each Ramble.

Bird banding will continue this summer, and those interested should call 216-6877 to ask about the schedule for observing the capture, banding and release of resident and migrating songbirds.

For more information about Rice Creek and its nature programming, visit

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(Posted: May 20, 2011)

Tags: rice creek, mike holy, exploring nature, butterflies, bird banding