Paul Smiths VIC announces summer programs

PAUL SMITHS - Summer has arrived in the Adirondacks and with it another informative and fun-filled program schedule at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center.

The native species butterfly house, now in its 17th season, provides excellent opportunities for viewing butterflies and moths in all stages of development. The butterfly house is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is home to such creatures as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Cecropia moths. Naturalists are on-hand to answer questions from the public.

"The best times to see the adults flying are mid-day, when it's warmed up," says Milt Adams, an environmental educator at the VIC.

A live raptor show will be held at noon every Tuesday through Saturday in July and August. The program takes place in the Paul Smiths VIC Whispering Pines Amphitheater. In its 15th season, the Adirondack Birds of Prey program will feature a red tail hawk this summer. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and a closer look at these magnificent, soaring hunters.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, at 9:30 a.m., Mac's Canoe livery and guide service will provide a guided canoe exploration of bog and pond habitats on Barnum Pond. Canoes, paddles and PFDs are provided. Registration is required. Call the Paul Smiths VIC at 327-3000 to register.

The Paul Smiths VIC will also host The Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership Adirondack Outdoors Lecture Series for the first time this summer. The series will feature six lectures, on topics ranging from bears and moose to mountain biking. This is a Wednesday evening lecture series and starts at 7:30 p.m. The first lecture will be Wednesday, July 14 with a presentation on invasive species.

The summer's partnership theme continues as the public is invited to join a Wild Center naturalist for a Wild Wednesday walk on the VIC trails. In addition to exploring the woods and waters along the way, each week will focus on a different topic as the season progresses into fall. This two-hour walk is free, but pre-registration is required. Click on Events at www.wildcenter.org to register or call 359-7800, ext. 116 for more information.

To find out more about the programs at the Paul Smiths VIC, call 327-3000. The Paul Smiths VIC is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset. Find the Paul Smiths program calendar at www.adkvic.org.

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