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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2010
EVENT: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center comes to life this July during low-cost Nature Nights for families. Learn about the outdoors while you study local reptiles, bees, wildlife tracking and birds of prey. Each Thursday night includes talks by experts, hands-on activities, habitat hikes and other ways to learn. Kids can get an educational buzz while having fun with their families. Children under 12 receive a free gift in the center store. Admission is $1, or free for Center members and Eco Explorers. Sponsored by KVUE.
WHEN: Four Thursdays in July, 6 to 9 p.m.
SCHEDULE FOR NATURE NIGHTS:
- Reptiles-Thursday, July 8, 6 to 9 p.m.
Meet and greet some of your cold-blooded friends at discovery stations and participate in a habitat hike to learn where you would live if you were a reptile. The Austin Reptile Service provides some live reptiles, and you can learn about a rare toad from the Texas Horned Toad Conservation Society.
- Bees-Thursday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
There's more to bees than a stinger. Learn about native bees and other types during scavenger hunts and a hike. Make your own bee box to attract these winged friends.
- Wildlife Tracking-Thursday, July 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
With paw prints, scratches and scat, animals leave clues to their location. Look for signs of coyotes and other wildlife as you prowl the gardens. Learn what wild animals live around your own home.
- Birds of Prey-Thursday, July 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Swoop in to the world of hawks, eagles, buzzards and other birds of prey. Watch a Red-tailed hawk and other raptors fly across the Center's courtyard, discover what food they eat and other features of these majestic birds whose habitats are in danger.