Rice Creek to offer winter birds excursion

Bird watchers and nature lovers are invited to participate in a daylong “North Country Raptors” excursion, sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The program will follow the shores of eastern Lake Ontario to catch glimpses of rare winter visitors like snowy owls, short-eared owls and bald eagles, according to Gerry Smith, an ornithologist who will lead the session. The traveling program, which is designed for adults, is expected to run from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Participation costs $25, which includes transportation. Since the tour runs through the eastern Lake Ontario snowbelt, inclement weather could cancel the program. Attendees are encouraged to dress for cold and windy conditions and to bring their own lunches.

For more information or reservations, call Rice Creek Field Station at 312-7961. Pre-registration is required before Jan. 31.

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: Jan 13, 2005)