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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2013
Event: For six Thursday nights starting June 13, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin offers admission-free evenings full of interactive fun and nature exploration. Activities at these family outings include everything from observing plant anatomy under a microscope to making molds of wildlife tracks. Each night features a scavenger hunt and craft making, with a break in the series for July 4. Visits to the center the day of Nature Nights will also be free thanks to H-E-B sponsorship. See event details at: http://www.wildflower.org/nature.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739 Directions at: http://www.wildflower.org/visit. Families can eat at the café and children 12 and under receive a free gift at The Store.
Peer into a microscope at plant parts and take a tour around the center’s new Texas Arboretum to learn about native plants. Be sure to visit “Pet the Plant,” a plant petting zoo. Get the scoop on invasive species in Central Texas with Commander Ben’s Invasive Hunter Academy, and hear storytelling in the Little House by the Austin Public Library.
Train yourself to identify amphibians at a presentation by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Learn about the endangered Barton Springs Salamander of Barton Springs. Take part in an amphibian scavenger hunt right next to the water and let the Capital Area Master Naturalists show you how to make frog and toad calls using everyday objects. Also, Carol Toole will be at The Store signing Tara’s Spring Wish from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hear what all the buzz insects make is about from entomologist Mike Quinn, and take a guided hike for insects. Enjoy story time in the Little House with the Austin Public Library and the butterfly learning station. Also, don’t miss the Capital Area Master Naturalists describing the dance bees perform to refind food.
Come pay a visit to learn from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center experts as they show live raptors. Kids can compare their “wingspans” to various birds of prey. Carol Toole will also sign her new Tara’s Spring Wish from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Store. And don’t miss your chance to dissect an owl pellet to figure out what its most recent meal was and find out from Travis Audubon Society what prey raptors eat.
Discover how there may be more wildlife around you than you realize. Pamela Owen will be on site to talk about local mammals. Capital Area Master Naturalists will show kids how to make take-home animal tracks. There will also be a station provided by Dave Scott from the Earth Native Wilderness School for learning to track mammals.
A University of Texas at Austin herpetologist will educate listeners about common Central Texas snakes as well as how snakes smell and hear. But don’t forget to check out Tim Cole’s live snakes – the coolest part of this Nature Night. Austin Parks Ranger David Papke will also show off his boa constrictors.
Sponsor: Presenting sponsor: H-E-B. Media sponsor: KVUE. For more information, visit http:/www.wildflower.org/nature or call 512-232-0100.