Specially trained Canisius College students will accompany each group at the refuge and will serve as hosts throughout the day. Ordinarily, the program runs from about 9 am - 2 pm, however, the start and end time can be adjusted according to each school's needs. The program includes a guided walk to explore a flooded woodland habitat on Swallow Hollow Nature Trail which will include field-based exercises. After lunch on the refuge, groups will play conservation games and view exhibits in the Refuge visitor contact station. Students must provide their own lunch.
The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation (CAC) program is open middle schools in Western New York with a maximum of 90 students on any given date. Requested dates are assigned on a first-come first served basis and can be scheduled from mid-May through mid-June. Schools will ordinarily provide their own transportation. However, bus scholarships are available for groups without access to bussing from their school.
Presented in partnership with Canisius College, the mission of CAC is to reach as many people as possible with the message of conservation.
For additional information or to reserve a date contact Dr. Michael Noonan at email@example.com or call 716-888-2510. There is no charge for this program.
Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.