GSC to host 'Friends with Feathers'

The Great Swamp Conservancy of Canastota has a full agenda for their "Fall Migration Antique Show and Sale and Kids Konservation Days" held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 19 and Sept. 20.

Celebrating the miracle of migration, many activities will revolve around the theme as "Friends With Feathers" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The ribbon cutting and grand opening of the GSC 115 acre trail system across the road from the main office will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Retired biology teacher Ron Walker will be educating the public about raptors. Walker is also a nature interpreter for 25 years helping students of all ages to understand their natural environment.

"Friends With Feathers" will inform, enthrall the public with the natural history of birds of prey and bird migration. The Bob White Quail-release short program will be at 1 p.m. both days, tractor rides to the Overlook both days, weather permitting, every hour on the hour to see if any migratory birds are there resting and feeding for their long flight.

Madison County Youth Bureau's ACT for Youth will be providing interactive games for children in the Kids Konservation area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday only.

Professional wildlife artist Tom Lenweaver will be doing a hands-on "Nature Art for Children" program at 2 p.m. on both days of the weekend event. Children will learn how Lenweaver became a wildlife artist, view some of his nature artwork and then do a small art project with this artist.

Guitarist Christina Godneck will be tuning up at 11 a.m. for Saturday. Both days children can make two items from recycled materials that are useful and fun. A power point presentation "Nature at the Great Swamp" is planned for both days. An obstacle course will also be set up for kids to enjoy. At 1:30 pm. a grape stomp will begin. Later in the day, a pond catch and release program and walk will start at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. over the weekend.

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