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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

September 8, 2006

Fall Nature Nights Explore Bugs

EVENT: With David Rogers' BIG BUGS on display, the theme for the fall series of Nature Nights is all about insects. Nature Nights are for the family--interactive explorations of animals, plants and ecology in Central Texas. $1 admission, free to EcoExplorer members. Nature Nights is presented in cooperation with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. September 22, October 27 and November 10 WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS: Families from El Buen Samaritano will be bused to the Wildflower Center to participate in Nature Nights this fall. El Buen Samaritano, is a faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives by engaging the strengths of working-poor Hispanic families to promote their successful participation in society. During summer Nature Nights, the Wildflower Center has welcomed more than 70 visitors through this program per evening, with many repeat visits. The families served by El Buen often feel isolated because of language, financial and transportation barriers, so the opportunity to spend an evening together in a fun, educational setting such as the Wildflower Center, with transportation provided, encourages participation in the greater community and breaks down some of those barriers.

SCHEDULE: Nature Nights: Flight of the Monarch Friday, September 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate this beautiful butterfly as it begins its migration. We give you tools to track these fearless aviators as they migrate through your backyard.

Nature Nights: Silent and Deadly Insect Predators Friday, October 27, 6 to 9 p.m. Assassin beetles, spiders, dragonflies and scorpions are just a few of the insect predators in Central Texas. Get to know them better and learn about their stealthy hunting skills.

Nature Nights: Song of the Night Birds Friday, November 10, 6 to 9 p.m. The lilting call of the owl, the graceful flight of the nightjar�"just a sample of the activities. Learn about the feeding habits, habitats, and tunes of nocturnal birds.

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