Monday, February 16, 2009

Volusia County outdoors opportunities announced

RESCEDULED DATE: Star Tour of the Night Sky Wiregrass Prairie Preserve Lopez Rd., off of Pell Rd., Osteen Friday, February 27, 2009 7:00-9:00 pm Dr. Hugh Ward, Astronomy teacher at Seabreeze High School, will lead a celestial tour of the night sky above Wiregrass Prairie Preserve and answer questions. Adults and families will observe via eyes and telescopes: constellations, bright stars, planets, star clusters, and Messier objects and learn to move from one celestial object to another. No charge. Bring: Folding chair, insect spray, flashlight and your own telescope, if you have one. Arrive before sunset. Road conditions are rough. Please register. Nature Photography—Naturally Digital Longleaf Pine Preserve East Entrance Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna March 7, 2009 9:00-12:00 This workshop will offer tips on how to take better photographs of landscapes, animals, and plants in their natural setting. If you are shooting digital photographs with any level camera, you can improve your chances of getting that “perfect” shot with some practical shooting techniques and “technical” adjustments to your camera. This workshop is suitable for amateur photographers from novice to advanced. Please bring along your cameras and favorite shots to share with the class. David Baker, retired Environmental Educator, will conduct this class in the field, so please dress accordingly. Suggested techniques will be put into practice as we discuss them, so make sure you have plenty of memory (in the camera, that is) and an extra battery. Please register, space is limited. Beginning Birding Beresford Park Fatio Rd., DeLand March 21, 2009 9:00 am -12:00 pm Learn from the experts as West Volusia Audubon birders explain and demonstrate birding techniques and equipment. They’ll also teach tips for bird identification. Then we’ll hike the trails at Beresford Park and practice our budding birding skills. Bring binoculars and bird identification books if you have them. Wear hiking or walking shoes, bring water to drink. Plant Communities—Neighborhoods of Plants Hickory Bluff Preserve End of Guise Rd., off Maytown Rd., Osteen Saturday, March 28, 2009 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Does the natural landscape of Volusia County look all the same to you? Natural areas are made up of many plant communities—neighborhoods of plants that depend on different habitat conditions. Take a hands-on learning hike lead by Randall Sleister, Volusia County Land Management Manager, David Griffis, University of Florida IFAS Extension Agent, and Dr. Cindy Bennington, Stetson University Plant Ecology Professor and learn about these communities and their resident plants and trees. These soil, plant and ecology experts will help us examine and discover the reasons why plants live in specific communities. Turkey Hike Wiregrass Prairie Preserve Off Pell Rd., off Maytown Rd., Osteen Saturday, April 18 8:00-? ---More details to come--- Insects—Good or Bad? Longleaf Pine Preserve-East Entrance Pioneer Trail, west of SR 415 Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:00 am -12:00 pm What are the true bad bugs? Explore the world of insects on a hike lead by Ray Jarrett, Florida Department of Agriculture DPI and native plant expert. This insect adventure will include inspecting insect traps and netting specimens to learn about the diverse insects in the habitats around us. We’ll also learn about the exotic insects that are invading Florida and the problems that they cause. I'm working on dates for guided hikes and will send them to you next week. If any of these tickle your fancy let me know. Bonnie Cary Naturalist Land Acquisition and Management County of Volusia 1078 N. Ridgewood Ave. DeLand, FL 32720 (386) 736-5276 cell (386) 804-0437 www.volusia.org/growth/outreach.htm

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