News from the Friends of Reinstein

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2017 Native Perenial Plant Sale

January 23, 2017

We are excited to announce we are again having a native plant sale! Many of these plants are not widely available at standard garden centers, so we hope you take advantage of this unique opportunity. Don’t delay, orders must be received by Saturday, February 18, 2017. To find out more information and order your plants, […]

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Earth Spirit Presents at Holiday Party

January 13, 2017

More than 50 members of the Friends of Reinstein Woods attended our Holiday Party. Friends enjoyed Soup, Chili, salad, and an assortment of appetizers and desserts. Earth Spirit gave a great presentation focused on live animals. Visitors were able to see a chinchilla, tree frogs, hissing cockroaches, a bearded dragon, and other animals up close […]

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Winter Wonderland Event Features Winter Sports and Fun Challenges

January 9, 2017

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites the public to celebrate “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” on Saturday, February 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. Visitors can discover a variety of outdoor pursuits during the event. Ice-fishing demonstrations will take […]

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Attracting Winter Birds

December 19, 2016

It’s that time of year when bird feeders become busy with winter flocks. I recently added a bird feeder to my backyard, and it is amazing how fast birds find them. Within two hours, a black-capped chickadee curiously perched on the feeder and flew off with a seed in its beak. Moments later another chickadee […]

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Scouts Build Library, Make Trail Improvements

November 23, 2016

Cheektowaga is home to two libraries built with donations from the Reinstein family. It is fitting that this summer, Reinstein Woods added a third, albeit smaller, library to the town. The “Library in the Woods,” constructed by Eugene Maciejewski of Boy Scout Troop 601 for his Eagle Scout project, provides a weather-proof space for books […]

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Students Experience “Day in the Life”

By Jill Zerkowski, Naturalist Intern On September 29, more than 300 students, teachers and volunteers arrived on the shores of the Buffalo River and its tributaries. Equipped with tools such as nets, tubes, clipboards and data sheets, students from six schools from across western New York were ready to explore the complex relationships that are […]

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Junior League Grant Provides Summer Experience

“This week was the highlight of my summer.” So proclaimed one of the campers who attended Camp Rushford, an environmental education summer camp in Allegany County. The camper was one of more than a dozen kids who attended camp through NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s campership program, offered in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods. The […]

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Nature Sightings

October 21, 2016

It is a great time to enjoy the brilliant foliage at Reinstein Woods on a sunny day. The forest is painted with bright reds, oranges, yellows and green. Raptors such as red-tailed hawks have been spotted frequently. Look in the sky for soaring turkey vultures during their migration south. Spring peepers have been heard on […]

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Annual Meeting Features Owl Ecology Presentation

The Friends of Reinstein Woods’ annual meeting was very well attended. Board member, Vinod Suchak was congratulated for receiving the Peter M. Losi Volunteer Award. This award recognizes his hard work for the Friends of Reinstein as our treasurer and finance committee chairman. We also welcomed new board members Jerry Krajna and Esther Clabeaux to […]

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Buffalo Animal Adventures Presentation

October 7, 2016

As part of a membership drive, new and existing members of the Friends of Reinstein Woods enjoyed a live animal presentation by “Buffalo Animal Adventures”. Anthony Kelly shared animals from New York during this presentation. These animals included a tiger salamander, massasauga rattle snake, porcupine, red fox, snapping turtle, eastern box turtle, and cottontail rabbit. […]

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