We offer seasonal programs to the general public usually conducted in the field at locations throughout Western New York.

Public Programs

Owl Prowl – Members Only

Saturday, December 2, 2023
The Park School of Buffalo, Amherst

Join us for a two-part program at The Park School of Buffalo exclusively for Earth Spirit members. The first part will take place indoors as we learn about The Spark Bird Project and owl ecology with a special guest from Canisius University, Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Phd. The second will be spent outdoors calling and searching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight if you need one.

Winter Birding

Saturday, December 16, 2023
Beaver Island Marina, Grand Island

Learn birding skills as you embark on a quest to find winter birds along the beautiful Niagara River and its surrounding habitats. Winter waterfowl will be the focus of this program, but we will not be excluding any other birds we come across! This program is for birders of all skill levels. Please dress for the weather! Binoculars will be provided.

Snowshoe Adventure Hike

Saturday, January 20, 2024
JP Nicely Memorial Park, West Falls

Embrace the Western New York winter as you explore the rich habitats at this park on snowshoes. During this adventure, you will learn about winter nature happenings as you explore. Please dress for the weather. If adequate snow is not present, this program will be a hike.

Birding Basics

Saturday, February 3, 2024
Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora

Learn birding skills as we search the field and forest for winter birds. This program is for birders of all skill levels and the trails are easy to navigate. Please dress for the weather as we will be out rain or shine! Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Winter Wildlife Survey

Saturday, February 17, 2024
WM Nature Preserve, Chaffee

Spend a winter day at a beautiful preserve on the prowl for wildlife and their sign, while on snowshoes! Join an Earth Spirit Naturalist as we compile wildlife data as a part of an ongoing wildlife survey of the preserve. Please dress for the weather, as this program will proceed rain or shine. In lieu of adequate snow, this survey will be done via hiking.