STERLING — The Sterling Nature Center is located in northern Cayuga County on Jensvold Road, one mile north of the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

A Day at the Rookery

Saturday June 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Take a look into the activity at the great blue heron rookery. Naturalist Jim D’Angelo will be stationed at the Beaver Wetland observation deck to answer your questions about the herons, eagles, mergansers and other wildlife utilizing the wetland. Come share in observing and discussing the natural history and habits of the wetland wildlife we encounter.

Twilight Wildlife Walk

Friday June 28, 8 p.m.

Saturday June 29, 8 p.m.

Crepuscular wildlife are most active during the twilight hours. Join naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a look and listen for the wildlife that are active this time of day and experience the unique sounds of twilight with a hike through the nature center.

Sunday Wandering Naturalist

Sunday July 7, 10 a.m.

Sunday July 21, 10 a.m.

Sunday Aug. 4, 10 a.m.

The Nature Center this year will try a new series of walks throughout the year to help you observe and connect with the flora and fauna of the Sterling Nature Center. These will be meandering walks along the trails in search of the wonders that may be found if we only take the time to slow down and observe. Photography, journaling or just being intentionally curios about the natural world around us will be encouraged. There may be time to just stop to wait, look and listen for the wildlife around or to observe patterns in their behavior. What visitors encounter will be according to the season and activity of the flora and fauna of that time.

Water Chestnut Pull

Friday July 12, 10 a.m.

Saturday July 13, 10 a.m.

Water chestnut is an invasive non-native aquatic plant that can quickly clog rivers and streams pushing out native plants while hindering native wildlife and recreational use of the waterways. Help remove the water chestnut from Sterling Creek while enjoying some time paddling through the cattail lined stream and enjoying wildlife like great blue herons, painted turtles, marsh wrens and maybe even river otter.

All About Bats

Friday July 12, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday July 13, 7:30 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.  Jim will also discuss how you can help these beneficial creatures of the night.  After the indoor presentation, visitors will take a short walk to watch bats feeding on insects over the fields.  A special bat detector instrument will allow visitors to hear their echolocation calls as well.

Life Under Rocks & Logs

Friday July 19, 1 p.m.

Saturday July 20, 1 p.m.

Life in the forest can be hard, especially if you live under a rock or log. Come and explore the unusual creatures that live in this unique habitat as visitors search under rocks and logs for salamanders, millipedes, worms, ground beetles and more interesting creatures.

Herpetology: Reptiles & Amphibians

Friday Aug. 2, 1 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 3, 1 p.m.

Snakes, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders will be the topic for exploration.  Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo and help search for these sometimes creepy-critters and learn the truth about their beneficial behavior in our ecosystem.  The program is ideal for kids with a parent as well as anyone with an interest in herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. 

Entomology - Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Friday Aug. 9, 1 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 10, 1 p.m.

When is a bug not a bug and are all insects bugs or all bugs insects? Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an exploration of insect life at the Sterling Nature Center. Widow skimmers, monarchs and tiger beetles may be a few of the insects that to find and observe. Visitors will also use sweep nets and other methods to collect, observe, identify and then set free insects of field and forest. The program is ideal for kids with a parent as well as anyone with an interest in insects.

Friends Annual Pork Roast

Sunday Aug. 18

Noon to 4 p.m. or ‘til-gone

Mark your calendar and bring your appetite for this annual summer fundraiser! The Friends of Sterling Nature Center’s annual Pork Roast at the Sterling Nature Center will take place on Sunday, Aug. 19 Noon ‘til 4 p.m. Menu: Roast Pork, salt potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, beverage and dessert! Take-out available. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Aug. 4th.

Owl Prowl

Friday Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 24, 7 p.m.

Discover how owls rule the night while exploring owl adaptations, hunting skills, where they roost and how to find them.  The program will start with a discussion inside, followed by a night hike in search of Eastern Screech Owls.

For more information, email snc@cayugacounty.us, or find us on Facebook and at www.cayugacounty.us or call the center at 315-947-6143.

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