Rice Creek offering guided hikes, bird banding

Spring is in the air at Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego’s nature center and living laboratory off Thompson Road, south of the main campus.

Bird banding has resumed this spring, and the staff at Rice Creek invites members of the public to watch the capture, banding and release of migrating birds. The program, which helps with an ongoing study of bird population and ecology, is weather and bird dependent; call the field station for schedule information before setting out.

Rice Creek Rambles, a series of naturalist-led hikes, introduce participants to spring birds, buds and blooms. Hikes starts at 1 p.m. each Saturday through May 22. An adult must accompany children. Program size is limited, so the rambles cannot accommodate groups. Those attending should call the field station to check trail conditions.

Bird banding observations and Rice Creek Rambles are free. For scheduling and other information, call the field station at 216-6878 or visit http://www.oswego.edu/ricecreek/programs.

Additionally, Rice Creek is accepting applications for its summer Exploring Nature program for children, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 to 9 and July 12 to 16. Since 1983, Exploring Nature has encouraged young people’s curiosity and concern about their world.  Participants ages 5 to 15, as of July 1, will explore and investigate life around Rice Creek while discovering nature firsthand through nature walks, activities and games.

Fees for Exploring Nature, which do not include lunch or snack, are $140 per child per week for non-members or $125 per child per week for Rice Creek Associates family members. Visit the Web site for downloadable applications; the application deadline is May 25.

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(Posted: Apr 14, 2010)