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Jan. 24, 2001

 

RICE CREEK OFFERS PROGRAMS

ON NATURE TOPICS FOR WINTER

OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station will offer programs for adults and children in its Winter Nature Education Series beginning Feb. 3.

The season will open with "North Country Raptors," set for 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Participants will look for the elusive bald eagle, snowy owl, short-eared owl and more common raptors along the shores of Eastern Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Raptor expert Gerry Smith of the Nature Conservancy and local field ornithologist Bill Purcell will share information on the identification and ecology of raptors.

The trip involves travel through the eastern Lake Ontario snowbelts and is weather dependent. Call Smith at 688-9798 about trip conditions. Pre-registration with payment is required by Jan. 29. The fee is $25 and includes transportation.

Local people can celebrate the wonders of winter and the early arrival of spring in free "Rice Creek Rambles" at 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 3 and 24 and March 10 and 24. A limited number of snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An adult must accompany children under 12.

"Nature's Story Hour" will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 17 and March 17. The free program is designed for elementary school-aged children, and an adult must accompany those under 6.

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Down through the ages masks have been an important part of many cultures. Educator and artist Linda Podolski will explore "Nature Themes in Mask Making" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Participants will explore the purpose of masks, animal totems and nature themes, while creating their own clay masks.

Children and adults are welcome, and an adult must accompany children under 12. Pre-registration with payment is due by March 5. The fee is $10 and includes materials.

"Wildlife Drawing: Birds" will be the topic for local artist and art teacher Jaquelyn Pfaff-Pratt from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. The beginning drawing class will include a brief trail walk, weather permitting. The program is designed for adults only. Pre-registration with payment is due by March 26. The fee of $10 will include materials.

Rice Creek Field Station will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for programs, hiking, looking at exhibits and wildlife and learning from the naturalist on duty. Funding is provided by the Natural Heritage Trust.

Program size is limited for all events offered in the Winter Nature Education Series. The field station cannot accommodate groups for these events.

Rice Creek Field Station is on Thompson Road, which is 100 yards west of SUNY Oswego's main entrance on Route 104. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 342-0961.

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