Sterling Nature Center Events Announced

The Sterling Nature Center is located in northern Cayuga County on Jensvold Road, one mile north of the Sterling Renaissance Festival. For more information call the center at 315-947-6143, email at [email protected] or find us on Facebook.

Bats! Beneficial and beleaguered creatures of the night
July 12 at 7 p.m.
Bats do many incredible tasks in their ecosystems from eating thousands of insects to pollinating flowers and dispersing seed. Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a fascinating look into the lives of bats to discover the truths surrounding many common myths and the difficulties bats face.  After the indoor presentation we will take a short walk to watch bats feeding on insects over the fields. A special bat detector instrument will allow us to hear their echolocation calls as well. The program is free and open to the public.

Let’s Explore the Pond
July 17 and  20 1 p.m.

Explore the edge of Dragonfly Pond to see what life can be found. We will use nets and cups to capture creatures living in the pond. Dragonflies, water scorpions, frogs, newts and tadpoles might be some of the pond life we discover living on the edge of Dragonfly Pond.

Dragonflies, Masters of the Sky
July 24 at 1 p.m.

Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an indoor presentation and discussion on dragonflies followed by a hunt for these insect masters of the sky. We will take a hike to wetlands and meadow to observe and identify these amazing creatures.  This program is free and open to the public.

FOSNC 13th Annual Pig Roast

noon to 4 p.m. August 18

Join the Friends of the Sterling Nature Center for their lucky 13th Annual Pig Roast at the Sterling Nature Center for good food, good music, a good time and of course good Friends. The proceeds of this year’s Pig Roast will be used to improve the trails at the nature center. Roast pork, salt potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans and ice cream are on the menu.  Please come out and show your support of the nature center and enjoy a good meal at the same time. Pre-sale tickets will be available!

Cayuga Naturally 2013 Photo Contest
Cayuga County is a diverse and wonderful place filled with nature’s best from the shore of Lake Ontario to the heart of the Finger Lakes. Capture your favorite place for hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting or other outdoor activity as well as the beauty of the streams, lakes, trees, wildflowers, birds, animals and other aspects of nature. All photos must be taken within Cayuga County and be of nature related subjects. The photo should be: taken between 10-01-12 and 09-30-13; unframed and mounted on a firm backing, such as foam board or matting board; no smaller than 3×5 inches and no larger than 8×10 inches; all entries must be at the Sterling Nature Center by 10-07-13.  For official entry form send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: SNC Photo, PO Box 216 Sterling NY, 13156 or email [email protected] Contest is free and open to everyone, no photos will be returned and SNC reserves the right to refuse any photo deemed inappropriate. An awards reception is being planned.