Sterling Nature Center to host series of outdoor activities – Oswego County Today

STERLING – Sterling Nature Center organizes several outdoor and nighttime activities including:

– Walk at sunset and moonrise

Friday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.

Start by watching the sunset over Lake Ontario from the Lakeview observation deck. We will then head along the Heron Trail in search of beavers, wood thrushes and other wildlife. We will arrive at the Beaver Wetland viewing area in time to watch the moon rise above the tree line. As it shines over the wetland we will look for and listen for frogs, owls and other evening wildlife.

-Educational experience on water resources

Saturday August 13, 1-3 p.m.

Thousands of years ago, walls of ice known as glaciers covered New York State. When this ice retreated, it left New York with abundant freshwater lakes and aquifers. These aquifers are where many New Yorkers get their pure spring water, including here in Sterling. Join us for a family event as we walk around the Sterling Nature Center for about an hour while learning about wetlands, aquifers, and drinking water. After the hike we will have a 30 minute indoor activity. Water education is the key to its preservation for future generations.

-Sunday Wandering Naturalist

Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m.

Observe and connect with the flora and fauna of the Sterling Nature Center as you walk the trails in search of the wonders that can be found if you only take the time to slow down and observe. Photography, journaling, or simply being intentionally curious about the natural world around us will be encouraged. Sometimes we stop to wait, watch and listen to the surrounding wildlife or to observe patterns in their behavior. What we encounter will depend on the season and the activity of the flora and fauna of that time.

Please note: we will not be hosting the Annual Friends Roast pork this year due to the logistical difficulties associated with the construction project. We are planning it for next year with our new facilities.

-The owl prowls

Friday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday August 27, 7:00 p.m.

Learn how owls rule the night as we explore owl adaptations, hunting skills, where they roost and how to find them. The program will begin with an indoor discussion, followed by a nighttime hike in search of Eastern Screech-Owls.

International Vulture Awareness Day

Saturday, September 3 at 1:00 p.m.

Join naturalist Jim D’Angelo on an exploration of the red-headed vulture on International Vulture Awareness Day and the vital work they do to keep our environment clean. We’ll examine their adaptations, natural history, and way of life to find out why and how they do their essential work.

Monarch migration and tagging workshop

Sunday, September 4 at 11 a.m.

Friday, September 9 at 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m.

The Sterling Nature Center is a roost and nectar resource for migrating monarch butterflies. Join us for a presentation on the life cycle and migration patterns of monarch butterflies. We will also cover the identification of monarch butterflies, their differentiation from viceroy butterflies, how to determine the sex and explain the marking program and procedure to participants. The data collected will be submitted to Monarch Watch, the organization that oversees the international monarch tagging program. We will then go to the field for a netting and marking demonstration, weather permitting. Participation is limited; please email the center at [email protected] to reserve a place.

-Coastal cleanup

Saturday September 10 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Think globally and act locally for your environment!!! Join the Sterling Nature Center in cleaning up the Lake Ontario shoreline. The annual Sterling Nature Center Fall Beach Cleanup is an opportunity to THINK GLOBLE ENVIRONMENT and ACT LOCALLY to help make a difference. Join other volunteers to help clean up the Lake Ontario shoreline; bags and gloves will be available but you can bring your own. Remember to dress for the weather and the lakeside can be cooler and windier than inland at this time of year. A few light snacks will be available once the work is complete.

– Full Moon Walk

Friday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 p.m.

The September full moon is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox and can occur in September or October. The Harvest Moon light gives more time to complete the harvest or go for a night hike. You never know what you might see or hear on a moonwalk; owls, foxes, deer or other creatures of an early autumn night. No matter what we observe, it will be an interesting way to observe wetlands, woods and fields in the light of the Moon

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