Rice Creek Field Station sets summer offerings

Sessions to observe birds and beavers, nature hikes and an educational environmental workshop are among the spring sessions scheduled at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

A series of naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles—walks introducing participants to the birds, buds, blooms and creatures of the station—will start at 11 a.m. on five Saturdays: June 11 and 25, July 23 and 30, and Aug. 6. Attendees are asked to call on the morning of the hike to check on trail conditions. An adult must accompany children for this admission-free program.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, “Leave It to Beavers” will feature a nature hike exploring the beaver pond habitat and provide information about these industrious rodents. Attendees are encouraged to bring water boots and insect repellant for this excursion to the home of beavers and other woodland wildlife. A limited number of binoculars will be available for those who do not have their own. Pre-registration is required before June 15. Participation fee is $5.

The educational workshop “Flying Wild” will familiarize teachers and youth leaders with activities geared toward introducing children to bird ecology and conservation. The program will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Participants will receive a “Flying Wild” activity guide and other environmental education materials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Teachers attending the workshop are encouraged to check with their districts about receiving in-service credit. There is no admission fee for participants, but pre-registration is required before June 29.

Migratory patterns of feathered friends will take wing at the “Summertime Birds” session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Ornithologist Gerry Smith will lead a walk to view a variety of local birds as well as those that have begun their southward migration. For those who do not own binoculars, a limited number will be available for borrowing. An adult must accompany children under 12. Pre-registration is required before Aug. 15, and the program costs $5 per person. 

Program size is limited for most workshops. For additional information on any program 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, which features 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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(Posted: May 18, 2005)