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ESF Spring Courses Look at Birds and Blooms


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Migrating birds and spring wildflowers are the subjects of shortcourses during the next few weeks at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

"Spring Wings" will introduce participants to the birds of field, forest, wetland, and urban areas during spring migrations. The course will highlight bird identification techniques based on appearance, habits, and song. Participants will take four field trips to prime birding locations.

The class will be taught by Gene Huggins, a former president of the Onondaga Audubon Society. Huggins is an amateur ornithologist who has taught birding courses at ESF for more than 10 years.

Classes will be 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 16 and 30 on the ESF campus.

Field trips will be April 18 at Fairhaven Beach State Park to see waterfowl; April 25 at Derby Hill Observatory to see raptors; May 2 at Whiskey Hollow Natural Area to see early migrants; and May 9 at St. Mary's Cemetery to see tanagers, vireos, and warblers. Field trips run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a $65 fee.

"Spring Wildflowers" begins with a slide-illustrated introduction to Central New York's wildflowers. The course features three field trips to see spring bloom in prime wildflower habitat.

Participants will learn to identify dozens of species of wildflowers. In addition, they will learn techniques to help them identify wildflowers that bloom in the summer.

Widely known Central New York naturalist Mary Stebbins will teach the course. She has been teaching the course for more than 12 years.

The class is 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 29 on the ESF campus. Field trips are May 2 to see wildflowers of the woodlot, May 9 to see wildflowers of the Ontario Plain at Beaver Lake Nature Center near Baldwinsville, and May 23 to see wildflowers at Labrador Hollow. Trips run 9 a.m. to noon.

There is a $55 fee.

For more information, call the ESF Office of Continuing Education at 470-6891.