Newcomb Visitor Interpretive Center to host public programs

NEWCOMB - On Saturday, March 13, the Visitor Interpretive Center at Newcomb will host a kestrel next box workshop, a seed exchange program, and a guided trail walk.The public is invited to join members of the Northern New York Audubon Society (NNYA) in building nest boxes for American Kestrels from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breeding pairs of kestrels in New York have declined significantly over the past 20 years, partly due to both habitat loss as well as competition for nest cavities in suitable habitat. To address this, local Audubon New York chapters will be building, erecting, and monitoring kestrel boxes in suitable habitats throughout New York State, including the Adirondack Park. Participants will have the opportunity to meet a live American Kestrel, one of the VIC's educational birds of prey. Pre-registration is not required and the program is free.From 1 - 3 p.m. the Newcomb VIC will host a Seed Exchange. Master Gardener Lorraine Miga will lead a pre-season scramble for seeds. Participants can bring seeds and get tips on how to save heirloom seeds from plants. Among the available seeds will be beans, peas, corn, squash, tomatoes and more. Seeds will be available for swap only. Pre-registration is not required and the program is free.At 1:30 p.m. there will be a guided trail walk entitled "Out and About: Winter Still Here." Guest Naturalist Peter O'Shea will lead a snowshoe walk on one of the VIC trails. Snowshoes will be available, if needed, at no charge. Pre-registration is required and the program is free.For more information on any of these activities, call 582-2000.

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