Volunteer Training: Pond Study

Wednesday, May 13

9:30am-12pm

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join us as we explore the hidden world of the pond. Classification and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and fish that call the pond their home will be emphasized. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear shoes/boots that can get wet. Please RSVP to 585-457-3228.

 

Volunteer Training: Skulls and Furs

Wednesday, May 13

1-3pm

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Come and learn about how animals fit into their habitats with this hands-on program using skulls and furs. Using natural history we’ll explore the intricate lives of animals, their diet, predator/prey relationships, adaptations, and animal/human conflicts.

 

Invasive Species Best Management Practices:  Invasive Species Management Options for Land Managers and Private Landowners

Thursday, May 14

1-3:30pm

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join Buffalo Audubon and WNY PRISM as we discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what is required when it comes to the control and removal of invasive species. Whether you are managing many acres or just your backyard, you will learn about effective methods for invasive species management that will help you reach your goals. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator at lockeas@buffalostate.edu or call 716-878-4708.

 

Junior Audubon Club

Saturday, May 16

10am-12pm

Donations

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join Naturalist Tom Kerr on our monthly birding adventure! This month we’ll be searching for colorful songbirds that are passing through Beaver Meadow as they head north. Learn all about birds like Warblers, Vireos, and Flycatchers. Binoculars are provided. Meet at Nature Center. Kids ages 8 to 16. Pre-registration is required. Please call 585-457-3228 to register.

 

Iroquois Observation Program: Outdoor Photography Part 3; WILDFLOWERS – A Buffalo Audubon Event

Saturday, May 16

10am-12pm

FREE

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013

Bring your own cameras, and any other associated equipment such as tripods. We will discuss the basics of capturing good wildflower photos. Group will also take a photo-hike along the Onondaga Trail. Use our own vehicles to get there. Dress weather-appropriate for hiking on woodland trails. Bring a brown-bag lunch with you.  Meet at Visitor Center. Led by Bob Hazen.

 

Zoar Valley Ephemerals

Saturday, May 16

10am-1pm

$7

Join Naturalist Mark Carra for a long hike into one of the most beautiful valleys in New York State and search out the early blooming flowers growing there. From Point Peter at the top to Valentine Flats below where the main branch of the Cattaraugus Creek meets the South branch. We’ll explore the natural history of the flora, fauna as well as the unique history of the humans that lived there. Pre-registration is required. Please call 585-457-3228 to register. Meet at Springville Tops at 10 am to carpool then hike until 1 pm. Bring a bag lunch to eat at the convergence of the creeks.

 

Family Walk at Beaver Meadow

Sunday, May 17

2pm

Donations

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join us for a guided walk led by one of our naturalists through the Preserve.

 

Evening Spring Birding Walk at Cazenovia Park

Tuesday, May 19

6:30-8:30pm

Donations

Cazenovia Park, Buffalo, NY

Join Naturalist Tom Kerr in partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as we search for spring migrants in Cazenovia Park. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Meet at the Casino.

 

Rose Acres Birding Walk

Saturday, May 23

8-10am

$5

Rose Acres Audubon Preserve, Java Lake Rd., Java Center, NY 14082

Join Naturalist Tom Kerr for an early morning birding walk on the trails of Rose Acres Audubon Preserve.  Rose Acres is home to many Warbler species, as well as several nesting pairs of Eastern Bluebirds. Binoculars are provided.

 

Boy Scout Reptiles & Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop

Saturday, May 23

10am-3pm

$12

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Reptiles and amphibians have been around a long time, but most of them are misunderstood. Be a person who is well informed on the diet, habitat requirements and rarity of these fascinating creatures. Venomous vs. poisonous, scaly vs. slimy and land vs. water. Pre-requisites – do either 8a or 8b. Pre-registration required. Please call 585-457-3228 to register.

 

Iroquois Observation Program: Out in Left Field: Nature Sketching in the Outdoors – A Buffalo Audubon Event

Saturday, May 23

1-3pm

FREE

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013

You don’t need to be an artist to draw quick sketches that will help you to learn or remember the plants and animals that you see on your outdoor excursions. This non-technical approach is a particularly good tool for bird lovers to record their impressions for later identification. Join us for a fun and relaxing afternoon drawing in the field that will help to enhance your outdoor adventures. Adults and children 14 and up are welcome.  Please dress for the weather. Bring a pencil (and colored pencils if you have them). A sketch journal will be provided. Led by Chris Kieber.

 

 

Family Walk at Beaver Meadow

Sunday, May 24

2pm

Donations

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join us for a guided walk led by one of our naturalists through the Preserve.

 

Iroquois Observation Program: Outdoor Photography Part 4; What can you do with the images you’ve captured? – A Buffalo Audubon Event

Saturday, May 30

9am-12pm

FREE

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013

Meet at Kanyoo Trail parking area. Bring your own cameras, and any other associated equipment such as tripods. We will focus on several concepts of what you can do with images you’ve captured. Dress weather-appropriate for hiking on open wetland/grasslands trails, and join us on a hike back to one of the Refuge’s photo-blinds. We will finish our explorations at the Visitor Center.  Use our own vehicles to get there. Led by Bob Hazen.

 

Family Walk at Beaver Meadow

Sunday, May 31

2pm

Donations

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Join us for a guided walk led by one of our naturalists through the Preserve.

 

Native Plants in the Wild

Sunday, May 31

3-4:30pm

$5

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, NY 14113

Meet at the Center for a presentation on native plants. Afterwards we will explore these plants in their natural environment during a walk around the preserve with an emphasis on the wildlife that relies upon these plant communities. Led by Kathy Contrino.