Zufelt will winter ID birds at GSC feeders, answer bird questions, bird feeding tips, enjoy coffee, hot cocoa, bagels.
Recieve a free GSC birding checklist, listen to the GSC songbirds of CNY/Birds in the Back-yard CD. Informal drop in,
February 27: Winter Hibernation
The Great Swamp Conservancy, is hosting its "Winter Hibernation Festival"
on Saturday, February 27th, from 3pm to 7pm. It's time for central New Yorkers to shake off the winter blahs, cool down their
cabin fever and come out of hibernation to play in the snow before our winter wonderland gives way to spring. Outdoor activities
include skating and sledding on the pond (if ice conditions permit, bring your own skates), X-country skiing or snow shoeing
along the trails. Skis are available, snow shoes in limited sizes or bring your own. Ski by the full moon on the new trail
across the road from the Nature Center led by GSC staff (2mile trip). We will try calling in some owls. Staff will also help
beginners fit to skiis and give a quick lesson on the how to, X-country ski. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There
will be special activities for kids of all ages: tug of war in the snow (red team verses blue team), building an ice/snow
fort, construction of a quinzhee (powder snow cave), team sled races, and build a snowman contest (bring your own props-most
creative snowman wins a prize). Try your luck in the Artic Glacier to find a prize. The snowman building contest starts at
3pm and snowman needs to be completed by 5pm (families, friends can make up a team to create snowman). No spray paints can
be used, food coloring is acceptable. Kids also can slide down a 20 ft. snow tube. There will be a bonfire to warm the participants,
toast marshmallows and hear some nature stories around the fire.
Inside the nature center, warmth is provided by a wood burning stove,
not to mention the hot chocolate. Children can try their hand at making paper snowflakes and the hibernation game. Food and
beverages will be available for purchase. A suggested donation for participating in the Winter Hibernation Festival is $2/adult
and $1/child under 12. The Great Swamp Conservancy is a non-profit organization whose mission includes wetland conservation
and environmental education. The GSC is located at the corner of North Main Street Road and Pine Ridge Road, three miles north
if the village of Canastota. For more information call 697-2950.
2010 GSC Calendar of Events
January 9: “Swamp Snappers”
workshops, speakers, field trips, everyone is welcome
January 10: Annual & general
February 13: “Swamp Snappers” Camera Club 12:45
Field trip, meet at Rite Aid parking lot-Canastota