Thursday, April 30, 2009
May/June brings fun at Audubon
By SUE WATSON
The Strawberry Plains Audubon Center has lots of programs lined up for the spring and summer - something for all ages, according to outreach/education director Katie Boyle.
Adults are offered an interpretive hike on the first Saturday every month between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Price for a two-hour hike is $5.
Hikes for Tykes is offered Wednesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. Short hikes for toddlers (ages 2 to 4 years old) will take place on the first Wednesday of each month. Cost is $3 per toddler, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/guardians get the hike free.
Audubon’s annual Native Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will include advice from hands-on, native plant gardening specialists, a tour of the gardens and a short afternoon hike. Plant prices will be comparable to regular nursery prices.
Frogs and Toads of North Mississippi is a seminar that will be presented May 19 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the center. Guest speaker is Kathy Shelton with the South Mississippi Conservation Program/Museum of Science and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Shelton will discuss the species of frogs found in North Mississippi and how frogs are identified by their calls. The discussion will include a review of the Mississippi Amphibian Monitoring Program and the workshop includes a nature walk afterward to learn frog calls. All ages are welcome to participate. Prices are $7 per person.
Family Nature Hikes will be offered Saturday, May 23 beginning at 9 a.m. and after this offering the family nature hikes will be scheduled for the third Saturday each month. Children under eight should not attend because the hiking may be difficult for their families to manage. Cost is $10 per family.
Other programs set for May/June include Bird Calls of Mississippi with guest speaker Sheri Glowinski- Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m.; Chimney Swifts-Habitat Loss and Population Decline - June 6, 11 a.m., $5 per person; and Beginning Bird Watching - June 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $5 per person.
For information about these events or to pre-register call Boyle at the Audubon Center at 662-252-1155 or write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon is offering wonderful volunteer opportunities via its North Mississippi Backyard Almanac - a regional journal of the beautiful, unique or exciting natural sights you see beyond your back doors. If you have seen your first ruby-throated hummingbird of the season or noticed salamander eggs in the pond, e-mail your information to Boyle at the address above. Your sitings may be published on Audubon’s website and in its e-newsletter.
The Backyard Almanac seeks to capture the spirit and science of the region by presenting the observations of many individuals who delight in the diversity of nature they see in North Mississippi.
Write Almanac Contribution in the subject line of your e-mail and make sure to include a date and place.
“For more information about any of these programs, folks can just visit our website (www.strawberryplains.audubon.org or send me an e-mail or just give us a call,” Boyle said.
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