River Ramblings on a Cold Sunday in Delmar, NY

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Practically in my backyard sits an ecological treasure worth bragging (and blogging) about repeatedly. Once called the Delmar Game Farm, today it’s better known as a place where people of all ages can explore interpretive trails, learn about nature and sneak a glimpse at wildlife, flora and fauna. For all, it’s a destination for spiritual refreshment and physical fitness.

The Five Rivers Environmental Center is designated a “Watchable Wildlife” viewing site meaning that chances are high you’ll encounter an owl, fox, deer, even bald eagle during your visit. Despite how cold and windy it was today, I saw a great blue heron lingering near the Research Ponds and a white-tailed deer behind one of the CCC buildings.

I traversed a series of gentle paths that drift past bird feeding stations humming with activity and around shaded goose ponds. A bounty of frozen apples cling helplessly to the branches of a tree too tall for me to reach. A hive of honeybees, not far from the new Wendy Suozzo Guided School Program Building, are fluttering their wings continuously to keep their queen warm.