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May wildflowers and migrants walk, invasive training

Posted on May 3, 2014

I wanted to make sure to call everyone’s attention to two events we have coming up this May at RTPI. The first is a walk coming up on May 10 and there are a few open slots remaining!

“Birds, Blooms, Butterflies, and Amphibian Breeders” field trip series – April and May 2014
Springtime Field Experiences of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

Co-led by Mark Baldwin and Terry Mosher

These field trips are for all levels of experience and are limited to the first 20 who register. The nominal fee of $20 for each trip helps defray the cost of transportation provided. All trips leave promptly from the RTPI parking lot at the start times indicated. To register, call or email Mark Baldwin at 716-665-2473, ext. 228 or mbaldwin@rtpi.org

Wildflowers and Spring Migrants
Saturday, May 10
8:00 AM – Noon

This trip poses a conundrum: Do we look up at the singing, brilliantly colored warblers, thrushes, vireos and other songbirds arriving from the tropics to fill the forest canopy? Or do we look down at the forms and colors of red trilliums, yellow trout lilies, and other wildflowers on the ground? Today we don’t have to choose; we can do both! The SUNY Fredonia College Lodge is located at the very rim of the Allegheny Plateau with a sweeping panorama of Lake Erie. Nesting neotropical migrant birds, stands of old growth eastern hemlock, pink lady’s slipper orchids, and wood frogs are just some of the treats that await a walk through this extraordinarily rich biological preserve. The morning includes a slow drive through breeding bird habitat along Chautauqua Road and discussion of the region’s geological history.

Those interested in wildflowers, trees and other plants should take note of the iMapInvasives Spring Training that will be taking place at RTPI on May 14, 2014. You can visit this site to register for the day. Here’s the schedule:

10-11:00 – Beginner invasive species identification (common invasives)
11-12:00 – Basic iMapInvasvies data entry
12:00 – 12:30 – break for lunch (BYO)
12:30-2:00 – Advanced invasive species identification (early detection)
2:00-3:30 – Advanced iMapInvasives data entry and analysis
(Please bring your own lunch if staying for all sessions)

Learning about invasive species is critical in helping to prevent their spread and protecting our native habitats and plants as citizen scientists can contribute to the collection, distribution and analysis of invasive species observation, survey, assessment and treatment data and subsequent rapid response efforts.

We hope to see you soon!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator