The Wild Center’s Wild Winter Weekends continue with activities from now until the end of March. On Friday, February 18th join NASA scientist Peter Wasilewski at 1pm for The Color of Ice. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water….” (Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey).
Water ice is one of the most widespread, intriguing, and familiar compounds on the planet, in the solar system, and beyond. On Earth it falls as snow, forms lacy deposits on winter windows, creates skating surfaces on lakes, gracefully drapes rock cliffs, packs thickly on the polar oceans, and lays even thicker on the ice caps blanketing Greenland and Antarctica. Peter will speak on the history of winter as seen through ice cores and snowflakes. Peter is a research scientist for NASA on changes in the onset and duration of winter over time. His presentation is filled with exceptional images of snowflakes and ice cores close up.
There will be a celebration of the Adirondack’s Wild Winter Birds on Saturday, February 19th. Bird lovers of all ages and levels will learn about the birds tough enough to survive the harsh Adirondack winters. Participants will get face-to-face with year-round Adirondack hawks, owls and ravens during live-bird programs and search for wild birds outside during an expert-guided winter bird walk.
At 1 pm, there will be an Adirondack film premiere of The Legend of Pale Male, the true story of a Red-tailed Hawk and the residents of New York City. Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk became an obsession and a metaphor for triumph against all odds. His nest, perched on a posh 5th Avenue co-op, began as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination – a place of pilgrimage. Following the film, there will be a Skype chat with film director and producer Frederic Lilien about the controversy and passion surrounding the life of Pale Male. Visit www.wildcenter.org for more of the day’s schedule and to watch a trailer of the film.
On Sunday, February 20th Family Art and Nature day begins at 1pm. This week’s theme is The Mighty Moose. Participants will investigate the winter survival strategies of the moose and other Adirondack mammals. Then pick their favorite animal and design their own custom tote bag.
As always, there are hikes on free snowshoes, animal encounters, feature films and great food offerings. Wild Winter Weekends are free for members or with paid admission.
The Wild Center is open every day from February 18th until February 27th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The Wild Center is open throughout the winter on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and during the entire week of President’s Day. For additional information on The Wild Center, visit www.wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800.