Naturalist 101: Birding

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Event Date(s): Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am
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Pfeiffer Nature Center

Welcome Spring!  Welcome back the birds from their migration back north after winter has ended. 

Beautiful spring has finally arrived! That means we get to wake up in the morning to the magical and musical sounds of our feathered friends that have returned home to enjoy the warmer weather with us.  What better way to kick off Spring than to learn the basics of birding?! 

Can you recognize the difference between the call of a black-capped chickadee from a robin? Can you find the spots that cardinals like to hang out? How high up in the trees do scarlet tanager’s like to perch?

The Pfeiffer Nature Center is hosting an introduction on how to obseve, identify, and create a bird-friendly habitant.  You can also receive instruction on which birds are migratory and which are year-round.  Help in how to choose the right binoculars will also be provided.  Cost is $7 per person. 

For more information on this event please visit http://www.PfeifferNatureCenter.org

This event will be held at:

Pfeiffer nature Center Office
14 S. Main St.
Portville, NY 14770
United States
Phone: 716-933-0187
42° 2' 49.4268" N, 78° 18' 23.724" W
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Top 10 site for Steelhead Fishing

Cattaraugus Creek has been listed in the top 10 sites for Steelhead Fishing (rainbow trout fishing) by 2 outdoor magazines. Steelhead Trout AKA Rainbow trout are very similar to Salmon in both taste and habits. Unlike other areas of the United States, our native Rainbow trout (Steelhead Trout) spend a majority of time in Lake Erie a freshwater lake and spawn in the Cattaraugus Creek and other tributaries.

The following is from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation's article "Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries"

Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead." From October through April, thousands of steelhead ascend New York's Lake Erie tributaries on their mission to spawn. Excellent fishing opportunities await any angler who wishes to try their hand at steelhead fishing. Between the acrobatic leaps, long drag-screaming runs and rod quaking head shakes, the fight of an early run steelhead is a truly exhilarating experience.

Read more about Steelhead/Rainbow fishing on the Cattaraugus Creek

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