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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2011
EVENT: Thanks to new sponsor H-E-B, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin is offering six evenings of nature exploration at no admission cost. Visitors to the blooming gardens of the Wildflower Center the day of the family friendly Nature Nights also receive free admission. Nature Nights include guided hikes and learning stations where children explore Central Texas’ flora and fauna. The summer series that is also generously sponsored by KVUE occurs on six consecutive Thursdays starting June 30.
That night, families can check out a transparent bee hive provided by the Williamson County Area Beekeepers and learn from these and other experts about native bees while viewing flowers they feed from. Kim Lehman will share stories about these buzzing insects. Families can also make beeswax candles, a bee mask or hat, taste wildflower honey and more. Participants in the Central Texas Nature Challenge can do the wildflower mission at the center during visits. For more details, go to: http://www.wildlfower.org/nature or call 512-232-0100.
WHEN: Nature Night Bees is Thursday, June 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. The café and store are open for Nature Nights, with a gift for children under 12 at the store. Directions at: http://www.widlflower.org/visit
FUTURE NATURE NIGHTS:
• Wildlife Tracking– Thursday, July 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Learn how to recognize the paw prints of Central Texas wildlife at discovery tables hosted by state park biologists. Admire a wildlife artist’s work. Cast paw prints in plaster and create a field book of the signs and prints of wild animals.
• Snakes– Thursday, July 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
Only a few Texas snakes are venomous. Come see what rattlesnakes and other less dangerous brethren look like under the watchful eye of experts from the Austin Reptile Service. Hear how snakes sense the world around them, and the good things they do for us and the environment.
• Fossils– Thursday, July 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
Participate in scavenger hunts for fossils of creatures from long ago. See real fossils and find out how amber was made, and compare your foot to a replica of a dinosaur foot. Walk a path decorated with sauropod and theropod tracks and hear from the UT Texas Natural Science Center’s Pamela Owen about dinosaurs.
• Birds of Prey– Thursday, July 28, 6 to 9 p.m.
Learn the habits of hawks, eagles and other raptors displayed by the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in the Center courtyard,. Talk to Jane Tillman of the Travis Audubon Society. Compare your arm span to an eagle’s and view close-up photos of owlets that grew up on the Wildflower Center’s 279 acres.
• Hummingbirds– Thursday, August 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
These winged wonders add beauty to the world and are important plant pollinators. Hear hummingbird survey coordinator and author Mark Klym from Texas Parks and Wildlife speak in the auditorium and join him on a hummingbird hike. Also learn about attracting hummingbirds to your garden during a tour with Travis Audubon Society’s Jane Tillman.
SPONSOR: Presenting sponsor: H-E-B. Media sponsor: KVUE.