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2/9/2014 - Upcoming events at Ansonia Nature Center

Ansonia Nature Center ~ 203) 736-1053

Event date:  February 14, 2014

ECO-ART VALENTINE WORKSHOP AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER 

Join staff and Friends at the Ansonia Nature Center on Friday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. to create some great gifts for your loved ones out of recycled materials.  Create unique gifts including cards, paper bead bracelets and valentine boxes, making this a fun day to share with your family and friends.

Please call to register for this free program.

Event date:  February 14, 2014

FULL LOVERS MOON HIKE AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER   

On Valentine‚Äôs Day, Friday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m., dress for a cold night and join Rangers Wendy and Martin for a unique Full Moon Hike.  Hike hand in hand by the light of the full moon with friends, family, and someone special.  Listen for sounds of wildlife in the clear, frosty air.

Afterwards, sit by a cozy fire sipping hot cocoa and toast marshmallows.

Please call to register for this free program.

 

Event date:  February 15, 2014 WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION HIKE 

On Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m., join Alison Rubelmann and Peter Rzasa at the Ansonia Nature Center for this fun-filled way to learn to identify our local trees.  Find out about branching habits, leaf scars, bark, and other helpful field characteristics that will enable you to recognize these trees even in winter.

The Nature Center is fortunate to have a wide variety of native trees (as well as some non-native species) thriving in a mixed deciduous forest within the park.

This free program is suitable for adults and school-age kids with an interest in natural history.  Please call to register.

Event date:  February 17, 2014

PRESIDENTS1 DAY PROGRAM AT THE ANSONIA NATURE CENTER:  OWLS 

On Presidents' Day, February 17, at 2:00 p.m., bring the family to the Ansonia Nature Center for an opportunity to see some of the Center's resident owls up close and learn the adaptations and habits of Connecticut's silent flyers.

Dress for the weather as this program will also include a hike to Raptor Woods to explore Great Horned Owl territory, with the chance of seeing or hearing one, or of finding one or more of their pellets.

Great Horned Owls frequently nest in large trees in forests of conifers.   Their nests consist of old stick platforms constructed by other species such as gray squirrels.  They are long-lived and may even reach the age of twenty years.

Please call (203) 736-1053 to register for this free program.

 

Event date:  February 22, 2014

NATURAL HISTORY HIKE:  INSECT INDUCED GALLS

At the Ansonia Nature Center, on February 22, at 10:00 a.m., Peter and Barbara Rzasa, avid naturalists and gall enthusiasts, will present a program on these weird plant growths that sometimes are seen on plants and trees.

During the indoor part of the presentation, find out about the insects that cause these growths.  A gall is a source of food and shelter that the insect induced the plant to produce.  It provides no benefit to the plant and may even be detrimental to its growth.

View the Rzasas' collection of galls.  Then, head outside to search for them along Nature Center trails.

Dress for the weather.  Please call to register for this free program.

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