Friday, April 18, 2014
Sterling Center Events
Directions to Sterling Nature Center

For further information, questions, or reservations please call the Nature Center at 315-947-6143 or email

The Friends of The Sterling Nature Center

                        PO Box 216

                        Sterling, New York 13156

                        (315) 947-6143




Cayuga Naturally 2014 Photo Contest

Cayuga County is a diverse and wonderful place filled with nature’s best from the shore of Lake Ontario to the heart of the Finger Lakes.  Capture your favorite place for hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting or other outdoor activity as well as the beauty of the streams, lakes, trees, wildflowers, birds, animals and other aspects of nature.  All photos must be taken within Cayuga County and be of nature related subjects.  The photo should be: taken between 10-01-13 and 09-30-14; unframed and mounted on a firm backing, such as foam board or matting board; no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches; all entries must be at the Sterling Nature Center by 10-07-14.  For official entry form send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: SNC Photo, PO Box 216 Sterling NY, 13156 or email Contest is free and open to everyone, no photos will be returned and SNC reserves the right to refuse any photo deemed inappropriate.  An awards reception is being planned.


Let’s Have a Big Year! **Birding Contest**

          A BIG YEAR is an informal competition with the goal to see or hear the largest number of species of birds in a single calendar year and within a specific geographic area. The geographic area would be the Sterling Nature Center and the year is 2014. If you would like to take part in this contest please register with the nature center.

          There are several reasons for this competition; getting people outdoors to enjoy nature and discover the fun of wildlife watching. We also hope this competition will help show visitors how many different kinds of birds migrate through or call the Sterling Nature Center home.



(1) The bird or the birder must be within the Sterling Nature Center and in the time-period: of January 1 – December 31, 2014, when observed.

(2) The bird must be a species currently listed on the Checklist of the Birds of New York State published by The New York State Ornithological Association, Inc. The list can be found at:

(3) The bird must be alive, wild, and unrestrained when observed.

(4) Diagnostic field-marks for the bird, sufficient to identify to species, must be seen and/or heard and/or documented by the recorder at the time of observation.

(5) The bird must have been encountered under conditions that conform to the ABA Code of Birding Ethics. (6) Birders must submit lists of quarterly observations; January 1 to March 31, April 1 to June 30, July 30 to September 30, October 1 to December 31. Lists should be submitted by the 15 of the following month.

(7) Awards will be given out in mid-January 2015 to the top youth and adult birders.




Conserving Bumble Bees

- Saturday March 8 at 1pm

The bumble bees are one of the few cute & fuzzy creatures of the insect world and they are also one of the important pollinators of our ecosystems and gardens. We will explore the life and roll of the bumble bees of the northeast and look at ways you can help conserve them.


Spring Equinox Walk

– Thursday March 20 at 7pm

Embrace the first day of spring by taking a guided walk to discover nature’s secret expression of the changing seasons. Early spring migrants, nesting owls and calling frogs are some of the possible wildlife we may encounter. The program is free and open to the public.



Signs of Spring Walk

– Saturday March 22 at 1pm

Do you have Spring Fever? Or are you having trouble believing that spring has actually arrived?  Join Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an early spring hike in search of the signs of spring.  We will search for the winter aconite blooms in the gardens as well as the first wildflowers of spring.  It is also time to meet and greet some of the migratory birds including a check on the great blue heron rookery to welcome back the herons as they continue their courtship and start nesting.


Board Game Extravaganza

- Saturday April 5 from 12 - 4pm

In honor of International Tabletop Day the Sterling Nature Center is hosting a Board Game Extravaganza. This program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own.  This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try a game you haven't played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center.  Please join us between Noon and 4pm on Saturday April 5!


Egg Dying

- Saturday April 12 at 1pm

See what colors you can get from your pantry just in time for the spring table.  Go back to nature with this fun and entertaining program using natural dyes to color your eggs.  Please bring your own hard-boiled eggs to dye.  An adult should accompany children.


Wildflower and Tree Walk

- Saturday April 26 at 1pm

Celebrate Earth & Arbor Day with Nature’s spring beauties, trilliums, hepatica, maple, hemlock and other wildflowers and tree on a naturalist led walk. Identification, natural history and interesting facts about the spring woodlands will be discussed on this walk.


Poetry Extravaganza – Sunday April 27 at 3pm to 5pm

In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, the Sterling Nature Center is presenting a Poetry Extravaganza on Sunday, April 27 from 3-5 p.m. at its Jensvold Road center. The program is free and open to the public.


CITO Beach Clean-up – Saturday May 3 10am to noon

Geocachers unite to clean up our playing field.  We will clean an area of the lakeshore bags and gloves will be supplied. For more information and to sign-up go to or contact the SNC office at 315-947-6143 or There may be a geo-coin and other unique rewards for geocahers as well as refreshments after the work is done. Non-geocachers are welcome to help as well, please pre-register by contacting the office.


A Closer Look – Photo Safari – Sunday May 4 at 10am & 3pm

Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a closer look and possible photographic opportunities of the great horned owl nest, great blue heron rookery and other wetland wildlife of the Beaver Wetland at the Sterling Nature Center.  Pre-registration is required by May 2 and there is a $5 per person fee. Space is limited for the Safari. For more information or to pre-register call 315-947-6143 or emailing 


Plant Exchange – Saturday May 11 from 11am to 1pm

Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle?  Need to thin out those perennial but hate to just toss them away?  We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinnings at our annual Plant Exchange.  You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home


Wildflower Walk - Saturday May 11 at 1pm

Don't miss your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center.  Many flowers like colt’s foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center.  Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion.  The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.


Create Your Own butterfly Habitat – Saturday May 17 at 1pm

Learn how and get started building your own butterfly habitat with a PowerPoint presentation followed by the planting of flower seeds to take home with you. Supplies for the program will cost $5 per participant and includes a 10 peat pellet greenhouse which you will plant two sets of five different butterfly attracting plants. We will be planting two annuals: cosmos and zinnia and three perennials: butterfly flower, purple coneflower and tricolor violets. This mix will give you some easy to grow plants, some that will bloom this year and others that will bloom year after year. Please pre-register for this program by May 14th.


Inspiration 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 11:00am to 4:30pm

Our annual Festival of Nature and the Arts will feature Larry Hoyt and the Good Acoustics, and Mark Wahl and the Canvas Moon for this year’s musical entertainment.



Artists & Artwork Wanted

The Sterling Nature Center is looking for a few more artists and authors to display their nature inspired art at the center during the month of June. The artwork can be visual art like sculpture or painting and it can also be written like poetry or prose. We are also looking for artists to demonstrate their craft during Inspiration 2014 Sunday, June 1, 12:00 to 4:30 our Festival of Nature and the Arts.  If you or someone you know, (friend, student, staff, co-worker...) are interested in helping please contact Jim D'Angelo at 315-947-6143 or  Please help us make this the best Inspiration Festival yet!!!