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 2019 Nature Programs

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* Pfeiffer Fido Easter Egg Hunt Pfeiffer Fido Easter Egg Hunt

*********************************Program Time; 1-3 pm Program Location: Lillibridge Property 1974 Lillibridge Rd. Portville Details found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar

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* Art and ConservationArt and Conservation

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Program start Time: 6;30 pm Program Length: 1 hour Program Location: Portville Free Library Details found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar.

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* The Beauty of BatsThe Beauty of Bats

Program Start Time: 6:30 pm Program Length: 1 hr. Location: The Portville Free Library Details Found on "Calendar of Events" below the calendar.

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All trails open dawn to dusk for your outdoor activities. Exciting and interesting events are being planned! See the ones that have been already scheduled for you below! Watch as our calendar fills and grows where science, art and nature come together!

May:

Birding at Eshelman

Saturday, May 4th Start time: 8:30 am- Program length: 2 hrs.

If the sweet melodious trills of songbirds is music to your ear, you will not want to miss this bird walk through the wetland and scrub areas of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Preserve.  A well-known location for regional birders, the preserve hosts a multitude of migratory and resident birds.  Visitors may see and/or hear dozens of species that frequent the area as they walk along grassy, gentle trails.  The guided walk starts in the parking lot and will be led by Tim Baird, President of the Cattaraugus County Bird Study Club.  The group will slowly walk through the property noting what they see and or hear.  Conversation is kept to a minimum as this is an observational activity.  Effort is made not to disturb the wildlife in order to create optimal viewing conditions.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  No pets please.  This activity is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Eshelman Preserve, 1420 Yubadam Rd, Portville NY.   Pre-registration is not required.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Annual Spring Trail Clearing and Clean up Event at Pfeiffer Nature Center 

Saturday, May 11th, Start Time: 10 am  Event Length: 4 hrs. 

Spring is here and we are ready to do some spring cleaning at Pfeiffer Nature Center! You can show appreciation for nature by assisting at our annual trail clearing and cleanup event.  It is the perfect way to enjoy the woods while helping to keep our grounds and trails well maintained and accessible.  This activity is free and open to the public and is best designed for ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Trail clearing tools will be available, but please feel free to bring your own. Pizza and water will be provided.  This event will be held at: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Lillibridge Preserve, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770.  Please register by 4 pm, Thursday, May 9th.    To register, click on “Register for our programs on line” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where Science, Art & Nature come together.

Birding at Eshelman

Saturday, May 18th Start time: 8:30 am- Program length: 2 hrs.

If the sweet melodious trills of songbirds is music to your ear, you will not want to miss this bird walk through the wetland and scrub areas of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Preserve.  A well-known location for regional birders, the preserve hosts a multitude of migratory and resident birds.  Visitors may see and/or hear dozens of species that frequent the area as they walk along grassy, gentle trails.  The guided walk starts in the parking lot and will be led by Tim Baird, President of the Cattaraugus County Bird Study Club.  The group will slowly walk through the property noting what they see and or hear.  Conversation is kept to a minimum as this is an observational activity.  Effort is made not to disturb the wildlife in order to create optimal viewing conditions.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  No pets please.  This activity is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Eshelman Preserve, 1420 Yubadam Rd, Portville NY.   Pre-registration is not required.  Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way Funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

The Power of Native Plants

Thursday, May 23rd    Start Time: 6;30 pm  Program Length: 1.0 hr.

“When a flower isn’t just a flower: Have you ever felt powerless to make positive ecological change? Have you ever thought about how powerful our native plants can be?  Anyone with a yard or even a small outdoor space can make a huge impact by planting native species! Learn about the pitfalls of lawns, the benefits of native plants, and how to help wildlife in any yard (even in cities), with presenter Jennifer Miller. Jennifer will speak about some of the challenges our wildlife faces today and how even small changes in how we garden and maintain our yards can have huge impacts. With easy to understand tips on how anyone can be a steward of their yard, large or small, you can spring into action this season and make a difference!”  This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770.  Fee:  Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Register by 4 PM, Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.  To register, click on “Register for our programs on line” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.    Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

June

Pfeiffer Nature Center Creek Walk at Eshelman

Thursday, June 6th Start Time: 6pm  Program length 1.5 hrs.

Have you ever wondered who lives in creeks and streams? Kids from 5 to 75 are invited to join stream ecologist Ted Georgian for an evening walk in Coon Branch at the Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Property. You will meet mayflies, stoneflies, and see the silk nets used by caddisflies to capture their food.  You will also learn how to give a stream a health checkup. Bring boots or water shoes or ratty sneakers and bug spray.  To add to the outdoor fun, we will share in the making of s’mores following the program.  
Program will be conditional to the weather and will be canceled if more than a light rain. Location: Pfeiffer Nature Center, Eshelman Preserve, 1420 Yubadam Rd, Portville NY.  Fee:  Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Creek space is limited so be sure to register early!  Register by 4 PM, Tuesday, June 4th, 2019.  To register, click on “Register for our programs on line” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.    Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

A Look at Glacial Impacts on Cattaraugus County. 

Thursday June 13th   Start Time: 6:30 pm  Program Length: 1.0 hr.

We are very fortunate to live in a part of New York State that is filled with beautiful hills and valleys.  Have you ever given much thought to the glaciers which helped to create our natural scenery?   Whether you have or have not, here is an opportunity to learn more!  Join nature enthusiast Tim Baird for a discussion of the late stages of the Wisconsin Glacial Episode in the county and how it has created the natural features that we see today.  This program will examine photographs of some the county’s land forms that illustrate the glacial impact which completed its work approximately 11,000 years ago.  To bring this lecture to life, Tim will also host a field trip on Thursday, June 27th so we can visit some glacial areas and see firsthand the amazing power and influence of nature.  You are not required to attend the glacier lecture in order to attend the field trip but we are hoping you will have the interest and ability to attend both!  Fee:  Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event will be held at the Chestnut Cabin at Pfeiffer Nature Center, Lillibridge Preserve, 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville, NY 14770.  Please register by 4 pm, Tuesday June 11th.  To register, click on “Register for our programs on line” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.    Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

Pfeiffer Nature Center Field Trip-A Look at Glacial Impacts on Cattaraugus County

Thursday, June 27th  Departure Time: 9am  Return Time: 4 pm

Pfeiffer Nature Center is sponsoring a field trip to the western part of Cattaraugus County to examine unique glacier areas with nature guide, Tim Baird.  This field trip will involve a full day excursion via carpooling to visit some of the county’s land forms which were created by glaciers during the Wisconsin Glacial Episode. This field trip is a follow up to the glacier program held on June 27th. You are not required to attend the glacier lecture in order to attend the field trip but we are hoping you will have the interest and ability to attend both!   Walking will be fairly easy, but be sure to wear proper footwear such as sneakers or day hikers.  Please bring your own lunch.  The Nature Center will provide coolers with ice and water if refrigeration is needed.  Space in our car pool is limited so reserve your seat today!  Details on carpool locations will be shared following registration.  The reservation deadline is 4 pm Monday, June 24th.  The fee is $20 per person which includes carpooling fees.  To register, click on “Register for our programs on line” above or contact the office at 716-933-0187.    Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding.  Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.

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