Rice Creek to Offer Guided Hikes to View Autumn’s Plant, Animal Changes

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station this fall will offer free guided walks, winter bird study and opportunities to watch bird banding.

A naturalist will lead participants through autumn’s changes in plant and animal life at 1 p.m. most Saturdays during Rice Creek Rambles. The scheduled dates are Sept. 11, 18 and 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; Nov. 6, 13 and 20; and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

Those planning to attend a Rice Creek Ramble should call 216-6877 the morning of the hike to check trail conditions at the field station on Thompson Road, which intersects with Route 104 just west of the main SUNY Oswego campus entrance.

Citizen scientists also can participate in bird counts most Fridays and Saturdays at Rice Creek’s feeders, and familiarize themselves with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s annual Project FeederWatch for home feeders.

Visitors can observe capture, banding and release of resident and migratory songbirds this fall. Call Rice Creek at 216-6877 for a schedule.