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Three programs planned on ‘Living in Winter’

Living in the winter will be the topic of a series of three ranger-guided programs in Erie County parks offered this month by the County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Visitors will look for wildlife tracks during the Animal Signs Hike and Snowshoe Walk at 2 p.m. Saturday in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. Visitors are asked to dress for the weather, with sturdy, closed-toe footwear, and bring a bottle of water. Snowshoes are welcome and will be available for rent if there’s enough snow on the ground. The tour will start from the large fireplace in the upper portion of the Casino.

The Casino at Ellicott Creek Park in the Town of Tonawanda will be the site of a program on Winter Outdoor Preparedness at 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Topics will include how to dress, what to carry and what to do to stay safe in cold weather.

A Winter Ecology Walk at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 in Emery Park in South Wales will focus on how plants and animals survive the winter. Visitors should dress for the weather. The hike will begin at the ski lodge.