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Upcoming activities at Beaver Lake Nature Center

— Signs of spring

Beaver Lake Nature Center offers several opportunities for tuning into the signs of spring.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, a naturalist will guide a hike focused on pointing out the highlights of springtime activity among the plants, animals and fungus around Beaver Lake.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, the spring peeper prowl will zoom in on one of the first signs of spring – the high-pitched whistle of a spring peeper. The naturalist leading the walk will discuss their daily and seasonal lives and try to locate one of these tiny treefrogs. $2; registration required.

Beginning birding with Onondaga Audubon

At 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, the Onondaga Audubon Society is partnering up with Beaver Lake Nature Center to introduce bird watching, a relaxing activity that gets people outdoors and more aware of the intricacies of nature. Audubon's president will lead beginning birding with Audubon at Beaver Lake Nature Center for those wishing to improve their bird watching skills as well as for first-time bird watchers. Children welcome. Free; registration recommended.

Earth Day festivities

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and Beaver Lake Nature Center is celebrating with a packed schedule of activities free with nature center admission.

At 7:30 a.m. join a naturalist for the Wood Duck Wander, a morning walk in search of these exquisite birds.

On the hour at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, Tai Chi Chih instructors will demonstrate and teach basic movements.

10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Plant a Seed

11 a.m. Creature Feature

11:30 a.m. Amphibious Friends: A naturalist will lead an exploration of a vernal pond searching for wood frogs, eggs, as well as signs of salamander activity.

1:15 p.m. Creature Feature

2 p.m. Take a Gander at the Geese: Join a naturalist for this migration walk to view the geese on the lake.

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