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 This page contains two calendars, with the same events.  Some find the Google Calendar more useful (which allows you to copy events to your Google calendar and to your cell phone (Mobile access to email, calendar, contacts, and more - Google Apps for business) . And, some find the outline list below with complete information and links that work more useful.  So, I have provided both.

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The purpose of this Environmental Event Calendar is to make the public aware of all environmental events in the Rochester, NY area that either educate or provide a forum on many of the environmental issues in our area.  Most are free, some require registration, and all are to promote the understanding and movement towards a sustainable environment here. 

To add your event, e-mail it to Frank J. Regan.

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April 2014

  • Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd
    • Center for Environmental Initiatives Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field & the sustainably minded meet over drinks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who’s doing what & spread the word on what you’re doing, find employment leads & make new friends. Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd   Join us as we greet college students coming in from around the state for NYSP2I’s Earth Day Event & Student Competition Exhibition taking place the following day.  This will be a wonder opportunity for professionals & students to network & discuss projects focused on making NY State more sustainable.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM | Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623
    • Earth Day Event and R&D Student Competition Exhibition Venue: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Event Details: This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Earth Day for an exciting morning of activities for all ages! Come for the Free Food & stay for the competitions, exhibits, and guest speakers.  -Undergraduate & Graduate teams from our R&D Student Competition will be exhibiting.  -We will also have posters on display from our K-12 Student Poster Competition. Winners will be chosen during the event at the LEED Platinum Certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. -Free movie & popcorn: WALL-E  -Local community groups and researchers exhibit their NYSP2I supported projects. Businesses share their eco-friendly initiatives and hiring/work experiences available to recent college graduates Event Webpage: http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/2014-earth-day-event-and-student-competition-exhibition Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407969429454434/ Cost: FREE! "
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY.
    • Earth Day Celebration 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY. FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Come learn how a starts with and a , community! Great earth-friendly giveaways, fresh markets, & fresh gourmet local food, yoga, lots of freebies & green prizes. You won’t want to miss the Changing Closets & Kidz Closets Fashion show, The ‘Science of Being Green’ Scavenger Hunt, green careers & university programs, green crafts & activities for kids! Experts from in and around our community will be sharing what they know and how it benefits you to make a + difference & be more Who will be joining us at our 2014 Earth Day Celebration?
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NOON - 2:00 PM    .  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls
    • Earth Vigil at High Falls for Earth Day 2014 | AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT   The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NOON - 2:00 PM  .  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to, The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.  All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil. Our Mission: By holding silent public demonstrations, Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move.  Vigil: A purposeful watch.
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 7PM |  First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Rd S, Rochester, NY 14610
    • GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".  Plan on staying for a conference call with Josh Fox at 9:15PM   Free showing, all welcome   Where:  First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Rd S, Rochester, NY 14610 When:   Tuesday, April 22, 2014  7:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30PM, at the Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY, 14618.
  • Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)
    • Who Cares About Hunger? We Do! The League of Women Voters cordially invites you to a forum on April 24th, sponsored by Foodlink, the League of Women Voters of Wayne County and Rochester, and the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.  During the eight months that the Agriculture Study Group examined the newly approved Farm Bill for our April 7th Consensus, our members had a recurring concern; The scope covered by the proposed changes to our LWVUS Agriculture Position did not include nutritional issues, a major part of the Farm Bill.   The reasons are really quite simple. First, the LWV considers FOOD to be a RIGHT. Our League position on Basic Human Needs states: “…Persons who are unable to work, whose earnings are inadequate or for whom jobs are not available have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and access to health care…”  Second, the issues involved with both agriculture production and the subsequent funding cuts to nutrition programs covered by the new Farm Bill are immense - too huge to be addressed adequately in one 90-minute forum.   Our solution was to create two forums: one focusing on agriculture production (the one we hosted in March) and another on nutrition and hunger (this one). What better partner to work with than Foodlink, the Feeding America Regional Food Bank, which 'rescues and redistributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies' in its 10 county service area?  Please join us on Thursday, April 24, 2014, for our forum and help us answer the question: Who Cares About Hunger?   Our Moderator: Edward J. Doherty, Retired, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Vice President for Community Programs   Our Distinguished Panel: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; Julia Tedesco, Foodlink Co-Executive Director, Chief Development & Communications Officer; Lori O’Brien, Supervising Attorney, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP) of Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc. Rochester Office   Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)   We are asking everyone to register if they plan on attending at:  http://data-o-rama.com/online_registration/register.php?ID=3823.
  • April 24th at IPM ET | online
    • Free Webinar on Climate Change in Great Lakes area on April 24th at IPM ET. Up Next: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: historical trends and future forecasts Severe weather has plagued all parts of the US, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade, from floods to droughts, from blizzards to heavy thunderstorms, and from freezing cold to extreme heat. What has been causing such events? What types of weather should we expect to see in the future? This webinar will cover: weather and climate change a discussion of recent weather events across the country how climate change is likely to affect future extreme weather events and their frequency resources that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change --from Changing Climate
  • 100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27 | Select an event near you today
    • Help get our NYS trails along the canal cleaned up for Earth Day.  "Celebrate Earth Day | Volunteer for Canal Clean Sweep   100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27   Join more than 3,000 volunteers and 150 organizations in the annual "spring cleaning" of the 524-mile New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail the weekend of April 25-27 as part of the 9th annual Canal Clean Sweep. Canal Clean Sweep is FUN for all ages, interests, and abilities.   Visit the Canal Clean Sweep website and interactive map of events to find one that works for you!   Parks & Trails New York's list of events andinteractive map make it easy to find event locations, meeting times and places, organizer contact information, and a description of each event. Select an event near you today." --from Parks and Trails New York
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at all Monroe County Parks
    • Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM | Durand Eastman Park in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).
    • FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS   Durand Eastman Park  Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).   The steep wooded slopes, small lakes, and a variety of spring flowering trees make Durand Eastman a park of exceptional beauty. We will take an easy walk with tree expert, Frank Crombe, to enjoy the spring blossoms and also watch for migrating birds. In particular, we'll be looking at trees up close, enjoying both native species and the exotics in the arboretum. Binoculars and a hand lens would be helpful.  Bring water and a snack. Leader: Frank Crombe, 889-5644. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • APRIL 27th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.  | ROCHESTER GREENOVATION www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY     
    • A new global vision based on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment and Social Justice Hosted By: ROCHESTER GREENOVATION SUNDAY, APRIL 27th Free. Parking available 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Space is limited, please RSVP to Paola Betchart  by April 25th pbetchart@rochestergreen.org   Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch   Through dynamic group interactions, & inspiring multimedia, explore the current state of our planet from         a new perspective & connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. www.awakeningthedreamer.org This event is part of Earth Week at Rochester Greenovation.  To get more information about other events please check our website and facebook page   Get a taste of this powerful experience through the experience of people that have attended http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaZRQCnXveo
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY
    • Chasing Butterflies with Your Camera By Doug Holland Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, just west of Twelve Corners in Brighton. The room is on the lower level, access is from the back of building Digital photography has changed the way we look at butterflies. We can enlarge them on the camera or computer to see details and take our time back home to identify them with a range of books and apps. We can quickly send images to friends and experts to confirm our ID or to ask for help. Butterfly club member Doug Holland has been a birder for 40 years, is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years has become interested in butterflies. He says "I'm just photographing these jeweled marvels wherever I am and then trying to ID them when I get home. I use many different digital cameras including digital SLRs and ID books, programs and apps" Doug will show digital pictures and share with us some of his adventures using digital photography to identify local butterflies and the resources he has found useful. He will give an introduction to his photography techniques and different types of cameras he uses, and then give tips to help you get started with butterflies or take your butterflying to the next level. The meeting is free | Rochester Butterfly Club www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org 

May 2014

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.
    • SPRING WILDFLOWERS   Ganargua Meadows Preserve Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.   Enjoy the abundance of spring wildflowers at this lovely preserve owned by the Genesee Land Trust. If the weather is warm, we will also look for early flying butterflies. Wear sturdy footwear that may get wet or muddy and bring binoculars, a snack, and water.  Leaders: Carol and David Southby, 383-8168 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Saturday, May 3, 7-9pm; | Kodak Center for Performing Arts (formerly Theater on the Ridge), 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY
    • Care about those other creatures we share the planet with? Check out this local Rochester, NY event. "What:  “Blackfish Brigade:  Voice of the Orcas” in Rochester, NY – an international symposium Who:  Former SeaWorld trainers featured in the documentary ‘Blackfish’ and former Marineland trainer and “Walrus Whisperer” Phil Demers When:  Saturday, May 3, 7-9pm;   optional “Meet & Greet” from 5:30-6:30 or 9-10 pm. Where:  Kodak Center for Performing Arts (formerly Theater on the Ridge), 200 West Ridge Rd. Admission:  FREE  Tax-deductible donations will be gratefully accepted at the event, or in advance at www.kodakcenter.org/blackfish-brigade   (admission for Meet & Greet is $15 at the door)   Together for the first time since being featured in the searing, internationally-acclaimed documentary Blackfish, four former SeaWorld trainers will take the stage along with Phil Demers, known as the ‘Walrus Whisperer’ and a former trainer at Marineland (Niagara Falls), the park most familiar to western New Yorkers.   They will talk about their first-hand experiences regarding the treatment and plight of captive marine mammals used for entertainment at marine parks.  Through short video clips the panel will highlight and discuss the orcas’ extraordinary nature including their intelligence and sophisticated social structures.  Discussion will also include ecosystems, the human impact and effects of keeping marine mammals in captivity, the reality of separation anxiety, aggression, animal drugging, water quality and nutrition, and future solutions for marine life education.   You will be enlightened and inspired by their stories!   Based on “Education, Not Exploitation” this event is FREE. " 
  • 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map).
    • Please note: This year’s City of Rochester Clean Sweep will happen on only one day this year, May 3rd. Clean Sweep - 2014 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map). Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date City of Rochester NY
  • Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival Will Feature A Children’s Puppet Theater, Games and Activities   The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages. Games, crafts, music, and theatrical performances at the Children’s Theater and Activity Areas will entertain the large audience that is expected at the festival this year. The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.   Lydia Adams Davis, a highly respected solo artist in children’s entertainment and coffee house venues, will educate and inspire all ages with interactive wild animal hand puppets that match her original songs and stories. Ms. Davis performs joyous interactive concerts at festivals, environmental and nature centers, libraries, and celebratory events as a singer~songwriter~puppeteer~song leader. She creates stories, songs and puppetry on the spot with folks from all walks of life. Ms. Davis’ most recent CD releases:  One Earth So Green and Round and We All Have Lunch have been honored with a 2012 Parents’ Choice Award. She was voted “Hudson Valley 2012 Best Kids’ Performers” by Hudson Valley Magazine. Legendary folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger said, "Lydia is a wonderful performer and songwriter. She has a way of drawing people in. We need more of that!" Children will be delighted with the activities, games, and crafts at the Activity Tent as well. Back by popular demand, a stained glass craft will be available to brighten up your favorite window. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond. Children will climb, bounce, and slide around a huge bounce house! Other happenings include SunBeam the Clown and her amazing balloon animals, Johnny Appleseed stories by Jim Brady, bird box building, wildlife trivia, prizes, and more!   The family friendly festival schedule also includes live birds of prey and mammal presentations featuring Liberty the Bald Eagle, guided canoeing excursions, artisan vendors, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pull contest, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, country music from Big Dog Country radio, delicious food and tasty treats, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The fee to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child ages 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. | Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.
    • Ithaca’s Earth Day this year will be held on Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. Info from organizer Joey Gates: “This year we are excited to announce that Earth Day will be held alongside the Streets Alive! Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.  Now in its third year, Streets Alive! is in celebration of the reclaiming of streets as public space for more than just cars, and has included everything from a bike rodeo to tai chi demonstrations to TCAT bus exhibitions. “Because of scheduling conflicts (and to avoid another potentially cold April Sunday!), we decided to partner up with the Streets Alive! team to take advantage of the large and diverse audience their event attracts.  We will enjoy opportunities for our usual networking and catching up with fellow sustainability-minded colleagues, as well as reaching new families and community residents.  We hope that you will return again to enrich our gathering with information and displays on your work in sustainability. “We also invite your active participation in planning for this and future Earth Days. If you would like to be a part of the planning process, there is space on the registration form to indicate that you wish to receive more information. Examples of contributions include media/public relations, set up or cleanup crew, coordination of a special performance and so on. The next meeting will be held on the 16th of April at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension from 3-5 p.m. “To offset insurance and other costs, we ask for a sliding scale registration fee of $10.00-$50.00 from each participating non-profit group. For businesses and government entities, we ask $25 as a starting point. Exhibitors will need to bring their own pop-up tents, tables and chairs. Checks or money orders should be made out to Sustainable Tompkins, noted as “Earth Day 2014” and mailed, along with the application form, to Sustainable Tompkins, Attn: Joey Diana Gates, 109 S. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Exhibitors can obtain forms from and email them to Joey at: solkitchen1@gmail.com and pay at Earth Day at check in.”
  • Wednesday, May 14:  6:30pm. | Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton NY
    • ColorBrightonGreen.org presents The 2014 Film Series at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the Friends Learning Center. 6:30pm. FREE   Wednesday, May 14:  Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us? Two of the filmmakers: Kate Kressmann-Kehoe and Sean P. Donnelly, will lead a discussion following the movie.   Media Contact: Jennifer Hill:  jhill3@monroecc.edu

June 2014

  • June 19, 2014
    • Consider addressing Climate Change by Rochesterians leaving their cars home for one day—June 19, 2014 ROC Transit Day | [more on Transportation in our area]


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On-going programs with multiple dates

Oftentimes events are a series that have many dates.  Rather than try and list each separate date, I'm making a link to the series.  Please check them:

  • DEC Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Camp Program Registration Begins January 22, Camp Begins June 29 Trapper Education Course Offered at Two Camps This Year The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be accepting online applications for its 67th Annual Summer Camp Program starting January 22, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The 2014 camp season begins June 29. "For more than six decades, DEC's environmental education summer camps have nurtured New York's youth to become stewards of our state's natural resources," said Commissioner Martens. "Campers explore the outdoors under the guidance of caring camp staff, learning about the natural world and their place in it. We're looking forward to another great summer of welcoming youth to our facilities and sharing a love and respect for the outdoors." (January 22, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • Check out this great on-going program ‘Sustainable Saturdays’: "Sustainable Saturdays Rochester Greenovation 1199 East Main Street 494-7100 or email at info@rochestergreen.org   Sustainability is our Life! The 2nd Saturday of every month is A Sustainable Saturday: August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 & December 14. Each month will feature different organizations.  We’re open 9am-4pm.   Our mission is to show the interconnectedness of all life through education & networking.  We'll be partnering with a combination of 60 artists, environmental groups, food vendors, green businesses, libraries, museums & schools.   Stop in to shop, donate items to keep them out of the landfill, talk with the organizations, buy some food & network with old & new friends.   We look forward to you joining us on this new adventure!   www.rochestergreen.org/
  • Neighborhood Seed Library at the Monroe Branch library | Join the neighborhood seed exchange! Beginning today, May 7, get free vegetable, flower and herb seeds (including some heirloom) from the Children's Room of the Monroe Branch library (809 Monroe Avenue) to plant in your own garden. When you pick up your seeds, also take some envelopes. In the Fall when you harvest your goodies, gather and dry some of the seeds your plants produced, stick them in your envelope, label and bring them back for someone to "borrow" next year. Check out Monroe Branch Children's Room  for pictures and details. Library hours are:  Mon 12:00-8:00, Tues 10:00-6:00, Wed 12:00-8:00, Thurs 12:00-6:00, Fri 12:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun Closed. Telephone: 585-428-8202

Other Online Environmental Calendars

We have a lot of environmentalists in our area and most have events going on, check below for their calendars.

Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Rt. 89 Savannah, NY 13146 (315) 365-3580 "The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast. Audubon New York operates the center, in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits. "

Montezuma Audubon Center kicks off the summer Home School Nature Series   CHILDREN WILL Explore wetland birds, insects, and plants   The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to announce the Summer Home School Nature Series that will focus on wetland birds, insects, and plants. This elementary education series for children ages 5-12 will teach environmental awareness, science, and appreciation of nature through the study of wetlands. During this three month series, home-schooled children will explore wetlands through classroom lessons, a field trip, and a project designed to enhance bird habitat at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Choose from one of the three sessions each month: Thursdays 10:00 am to noon; Fridays 10:00 am to noon, and Fridays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.    June 27&28: Wild About Wetland Birds Wetlands are very important for wildlife and for humans! Homeschoolers will explore a nearby marsh and the birds that live there. Great blue herons, great egrets, red-winged blackbirds and more will be studied to understand how these creatures use a marsh. Fee: $7/child.   July 25&26: Wild About Wetland Insects Wetlands are home to many kinds flying and crawling insects! Children will dip nets into a marsh to collect these small creatures and then study them under a microscope to assess the quality of the wetland. Fee: $7/child.   August 29&30: Wild About Wetland Plants Plants are an important part of a wetland ecosystem but not all plants are created equal. Homeschoolers will canoe around a wetland to learn about marsh plants and the animals that use them. The children will also remove some invasive plants from the wetland to improve the habitat for birds and other wildlife. Fee: $10/child.     Register and pay as you go or register for the entire series. $22/child/entire series; $20/entire series for each additional child.   Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center, please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.   Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146   Dedicated to Enhancing the Habitat of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex & Surrounding Important Bird Areas. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s First Globally Significant Important Bird Area.   The Center is Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm   http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma