Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 14, 2012: 2012 Interpretive Programs Announced!

Buckeye butterfly, 5/10/12 (Erv Klaas)

Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park announces a series of nature interpretive programs. The programs will be held each Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, beginning May 17, and continue through June 28. All programs will begin at the shelter on the north side unless otherwise indicated.

May 17. Celebrate National Wildflower Week with Deb Lewis, botanist and Curator of the Ada Hayden Herbarium at Iowa State University.

May 24. Enjoy the diverse bird life at the park with Wolf Oesterreich, birder extraordinaire. Wolf surveys the park year-round and has identified more than 250 bird species at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. Bring binoculars if you have them.

May 31. Learn to identify invasive plant species that occur in the park and discuss the pros and cons for their management with ecologist Erv Klaas.

June 7. Bill Simpkins has studied the ground water and hydrology of the Hayden Park Watershed and he will discuss how the lake and wetlands have become the main feature of this unique landscape. Meet near the lake outlet across Dawes Drive from Calhoun Park and Connelly’s Trucking Co.

June 14. Learn about the park’s mammals from Jim Pease, retired ISU wildlife extension specialist.

June 21. Come and learn about a group of colorful insects whose ancestors originated some 250 million years ago and depend on clean water for reproduction. Erv Klaas and Wolf Oesterreich, who have identified 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies that occur in the park, will lead the program. Bring binoculars if you have them.

June 28. To be announced.

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