News from the Friends of Reinstein

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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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Nature Sightings

September 9, 2016

Grasses and sedges have crept into many of our ponds because of the dry summer. Nodding beggarticks and smartweed are flowering around the pond edges. There are noticeably less dragonflies patrolling the ponds this year because of the drought and low water levels. In normal years, meadowhawk dragonflies would be very abundant right now. Trees […]

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Carnivorous Plant Presentation

Members of Friends of Reinstein Woods enjoyed a presentation by the WNY Carnivorous Plant Club. Pitcher Plants, sundews, fly traps, and many other specimens were passed around for everyone to get a close look. There is a lot of interesting natural history behind these unique plants. Members please check a listing of our upcoming programs […]

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Nature Sightings

June 15, 2016

If you have walked the trails at Reinstein Woods any morning in the last few weeks, you may have noticed either snapping turtles or painted turtles laying their eggs in loose soil along the trails. Black cherry trees just lost all of their flower petals. Baltimore orioles have finished weaving their hanging nests. There are […]

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Reinstein Woods Offers Summer Teacher Institute

June 9, 2016

  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, is accepting registrations for a Summer Teacher Institute to be held August 3-4 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Depew. The Institute is designed for educators of students in Pre-K to grade 12, and will run from […]

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Thank you donors!

May 13, 2016

Friends of Reinstein wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to donors who have contributed this spring. Your donations will enable Reinstein Woods to continue sharing nature’s harmony with children and adults. 2016 Earth Day Appeal Marilyn Gross Donna Michael Cottonwood Level: Valerie Antos Gasper Aronica Irene Benbenek Lee & Mary Boice Kathy Halter Dennis […]

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BioBlitz Planned at Reinstein Woods

April 26, 2016

Public Invited To Participate in 24- Hour Event Documenting Biodiversity The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, invites the public to participate in a “BioBlitz” at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in the town of Cheektowaga. The 24-hour BioBlitz will attempt to find and identify as many […]

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National EE Week Part 5: Climate Changes

April 21, 2016

I admit it: I hate heat. I hate hot weather the way many people hate snow. I’d rather throw on an extra layer than sweat through a 90 degree day. Like it or not, our planet is getting warmer, and that is changing the climate- the general pattern of weather upon which our food and […]

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National EE Week Part 4: BioBlitz!

April 20, 2016

Silver-spotted skipper. Tapioca slime. Blue vervain. Nodding ladies’ tresses. These are just a few of the species that have been recorded at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve over time. But they are just the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to biodiversity at Reinstein Woods. And the upcoming BioBlitz, May 13-14, will try […]

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National EE Week Part 3: Turtles!

Meet Clementine and Clover, Reinstein Woods’ newest permanent residents!   After their owner passed away, these turtles were found under a rug in a home in Clarence. Because both of these turtles are native to New York State, it is illegal to possess them without a permit. Because they had been living in captivity for […]

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