AMBOY – The snow is melting and the vernal pools are filling up at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.
And plants and animals are waking up after their dormant winter period.
The center will offer two programs welcoming the spring season: a Young Man Spring Walk and Hooting with Owls.
On March 19 at 2 p.m., come to celebrate and rejoice in the arrival of the vernal equinox with a Young Man Spring Walk.
Participants will wander about the woodlands, ponds, and brook with the center’s naturalist Pat Carney, looking and listening for the messengers of spring.
Perhaps they will be serenaded by the avian and amphibian voices as they bid farewell to “Old Man Winter” and greet “Young Man Spring.”
Hooting with Owls will be held on March 26 at 2 p.m.
With the approach of dusk, the woodland owls rouse from daytime roosts to search for prey. In addition to hunting, owls will spend the early spring through autumn reinforcing pair bonds, establishing and defending nesting territories, and incubating and rearing owlets.
Following a slide presentation on owl natural history, participants will enjoy a late afternoon walk through the woodland to the beaver pond to look for, listen, and hoot with the owls.
Perhaps they will hear the trill of a screech owl or the raucous calls of a pair of barred owls.
These programs are designed for people of all ages.
Those attending should dress for an early spring walk.
There is a $4 fee per person or $12 per family. Fees will be collected on the day of the program.
Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Route 183, between routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown.
For information about the facility and its programming, call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Office Monday through Friday at 315-963-7286.
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