Increasing sunlight and rising temperature have warmed tree-sap flow enough to start serving pancakes with freshly processed maple syrup.
Two Saturday events welcome visitors to learn about and enjoy the bounty of this season’s syrup harvest.
Buffalo Audubon Society’s “Maple Harvest Festival” is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and next Sunday at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java.
Admission includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, nature walks and workshops on tree ID, and many other maple syrup-related activities both days. For details on this gathering, call (585) 457-3228 or go to buffaloaudubon.org.
Earth Spirit presents its program “Maple Sugaring Past and Present” in Yates Park at Green Lake in Orchard Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Program presentations will conclude with a pancake brunch.
Advanced registration is required; for more information and to register, call 662-6450 or go to oprec.org/Special-Events/Maple-Sugaring.
The WNY Bluebird Society offers a workshop at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Boston Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road. Bluebird expert Rich Wells will discuss “A Life History of the Eastern Bluebird, Nest Boxes and other Birds that Nest in Bluebird Boxes.” For more details, call David Hofer at 592-5735 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rally in Albany
SCOPE Chapters across the state have organized a SAFE Act Bus Rally for April 1 in Albany. County chapters have arranged for transportation to and from Albany for the “Stand up for Your Rights” rally.
For details, county contacts are: Cattaraugus County, Randy Hill (372-4406); Erie County, Rich Davenport (510-7952); Genesee County, Carl Hyde, (585) 356-4992; Niagara County, Cameron Braun (622-2955); and Wyoming County, Mike Kehl (866-1398). For complete details on the rally, go to scopeny.org.
Outdoors scoring show
S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop’s “12th Annual Outdoor Show and NYS Big Buck Scoring Day,” is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 29 at 455 S. Cascade Dr. (Route 219), Springville. Bring your trophy deer racks and big game heads and mounts for scoring. For more details, call 592-2404.
Corps has applications
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge has applications for four summer Youth Conservation Corps program positions for youths ages 15 to 18; applications must be submitted by April 16. For details, call (585) 948-5445, Ext. 2205.