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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2004

Nature Nights

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas Parks and Wildlife present wild family fun and live animals during Nature Nights, every Thursday evening throughout July, 2004. Cool down and enjoy the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center during special extended hours with special low admission rates: $1.00 for non-members and free for Wildflower Center members.

The Wildflower Center has teamed up with Texas Parks and Wildlife to present this family-friendly series. Each Thursday evening in July, visitors are invited to learn about a different animal-themed topic and interact with live animals. The Wildflower Center and Texas Parks and Wildlife staff members have created programs that not only feature a variety of animals, but also discuss their habitats.

Programs begin at 7 p.m. each evening with a repeat performance at 8 p.m. Each week will also feature a habitat hike, walk or talk by Wildflower Center Staff, and visitors may enjoy special summer fare in the café each evening. The Center will close at 9 p.m. each evening. Scheduled topics:

  • July 1 "Symphonies of the Night: Finding a Frog Concerto in Your Backyard" with Lee Ann Linam, M.S., Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • July 8 "Exploring the World of Nocturnal Insects" with Mike Quinn, M.S., Invertebrate Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • July 15 "Get to Know the Snakes of Texas" with Dr. Andy Price, State Herpetologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • July 22 "The Fascinating World of Texas Bats" with Meg Goodman, M.S., Bat Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Bat Conservation International
  • July 29 "Do Hummingbirds Really Migrate on the Backs of Geese? And Other Stories about Texas Birds" with Cliff Shackelford, M.S., Nongame Ornithologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The Wildflower Center is located in southwest Austin: Follow Loop 1 south, turn left on La Crosse Avenue, the first light past Slaughter Lane. The Wildflower Center is two blocks down on the right.

For more information about Nature Nights, call 512.232.0104 or visit $link(nd=nature, www.wildflower.org).

Nature Nights is sponsored by $link(http://www.kgsr.com target=_blank, 107.1 KGSR) and $link(http://www.oldies103austin.com target=_blank, Oldies 103 KEYI).

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