|Finger Lakes National Forest|
More than 16,000-acres of forest lies on the "Backbone Ridge" that divides Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and makes up the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Forest has more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails that offer numerous opportunities to interact with and observe all types of wildlife rangi...
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
|Description: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center encompasses more than 450
acres of broad fields, abandoned orchards, forests, gurgling streams, tranquil
ponds and rich wetlands. Owned and operated by the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, Five Rivers provides year-round
educational programs, offering both guided and self-guided opportunities for
visitors to see and directly experience wildlife.|
View exhibits on the natural history of the area at the visitors center. The
indoor birdwatching window is a great place to observe many species of birds
from only a few feet away. Head outdoors for a walk around Five Rivers’ trails
where, depending on the season and time of day, you’ll encounter a variety of
waterfowl, wetland and forest birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals small,
large and in between.
Wildlife to Watch: Watch for the state bird, the eastern bluebird, around nest boxes at the edges
of fields in the spring and summer. See robins on lawns, tree swallows darting
around the ponds, bobolinks cavorting in the fields, and great crested flycatchers
and pileated woodpeckers in the woods. Over the past four decades, 225
different species of birds have been recorded.
On the ponds, expect to see Canada geese nesting early in the spring, leading
their goslings in the summer, or gathering for the trip south in the fall. The ponds and streams are also home to wood ducks, mallards, muskrats, beavers,
painted and snapping turtles, salamanders, spring peepers, American toads
and a variety of other frogs. Bass, bullhead and sunfish are easily seen along
the edges of shallow ponds in the spring.
Take a quiet walk along the North Loop Trail in the morning or evening, and
you’re likely to encounter white-tailed deer. Eastern gray squirrels boldly
scurry about all day long. Listen and look for red-tailed hawks soaring overhead.
Cross-country skiers sometimes hear screech owls and great horned
owls at dusk along the Vlomankill Trail in winter.
Special Tips: Trails are open from sunrise to sunset, year-round. The visitors
center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
closed on Sundays and state holidays.
518-475-0291, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054,
Other Activities: Center grounds are open every day, year-round, from sunrise to sunset. You can More than 10 miles of trails take visitors through all of Five Rivers’ landscapes.
Two short, level trails close to parking and the visitors center are wheelchairaccessible.
A well-maintained network of gentle footpaths is designed to
beckon the visitor ever further into nature. Brochures for interpretive trails
are available at the visitors center and at trailhead kiosks. Additional wildlife
guides and publications are available upon request at the visitors center.
Educational programs are offered year-round. See below for the center’s web
address, where you’ll find a schedule of upcoming public programs and
events, as well as maps and much more.picnic, walk (ski) the trails, and observe wildlife.
Ownership: NYS Dept. of Envronmental Conservation
Size: 450 acres
Closest Town: Delmar
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: