SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Offers Springtime Hikes, Bird Banding

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Spring nature programming has started blooming at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Biological Field Station, inviting public participation in walks, observations and exploration at the ecologically diverse, 400-acre resource off Thompson Road.

Naturalist-led Rice Creek Rambles return to an every-other-week schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday, from April 9 through May 21, starting with a look at re-emerging animals titled “Who Is Awake?”

The April 23 theme — “What’s Popping Up?” – will take hikers on an exploration of spring herbs and flowers, followed by “April Showers Bring May Flowers” on May 7 and a look at animal tracks and traces titled “Who Passed by and What Are They Doing?” on May 21.

Bird banding will return this spring as well. Visitors can observe resident and migrating songbirds in hand during capture, banding and release.

Those attending Rice Creek Ramble should call the field station at 216-6877 the morning of the hike to learn trail conditions before setting out. Those interested in a bird-banding schedule can also call that number.

Rice Creek continues to accept registrations for its Exploring Nature summer weeks for children, July 11 to 15 and July 18 to 22. For information and registration materials, visit