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How’s It Growin’ Garden Talk & Nature Walk Series Continues May 20

How’s It Growin’ Garden Talk & Nature Walk Series Continues May 20

Bob Henrickson and Bertine Loop, hosts of KZUM’s “How’s It Growin’?” call-in gardening talk program (Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon), are hosting a Garden Talk and Nature Walk series with events through September. Here are photos from events so far, along with a schedule of upcoming events below.

The next event is Birds, Blooms and Brews, on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. at Spring Creek Prairie Audobon Center, 11700 SW 100 St., Denton.

Join Bob & Bertine on Saturday, May 20th from 10-11am for a Wildcrafting & Wildlfowers walk on the beautiful and expensive tallgrass prairie at Spring Creek. For more information about the 1st Annual Birds, Blooms, & Brews weekend event please contact Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center at 402-797-2301.

The full two-day event includes the following scheduled events:

SATURDAY, MAY 20
BIRDING BY EAR WORKSHOP,8:00 am

Have you ever wondered which bird is singing or what they might be saying? Join Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver for this fun and informal workshop and bird walk to learn just that!

KIDS’ BIRDING! 10:30 am
Looking for a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the youngsters? Birding is a great activity for all ages, but especially for kids. Take part in this family-friendly guided bird walk, where kids will learn the basics of bird identification and habitat importance, all while enjoying a lovely morning on the trails through the tallgrass prairie. Binoculars will be available.

PLANTS 4 BIRDS: Grasses & Grassland Birds Walk & Picnic 12:00 noon
Bring your picnic lunch and stroll through the prairie with experts Kay Kottas and Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver learning about the important prairie grasses and the grassland birds that depend on them.

Wildflowers & Wildcrafting, 2:00 pm
Bob Henrickson, an expert from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, will lead a walk and talk about wildflowers, including edible prairie plants and teach how to identify and harvest the plants.

Plants & Pollinators, 4:00 pm
Join staff and students from the University of Nebraska to learn about and search for our amazing pollinators on the prairie – from native bees and flies to butterflies, dragonflies, and more.

OWL You’ve Ever Wanted to Know! 7:00 pm
Would you enjoy pub trivia and beer tasting in a lovely prairie setting? Have we got the program for you! Our friends from Pioneers Park Nature Center will be bringing a live owl to help us learn, and we’ll have some great trivia about owls and birds all night with prizes and brews provided by Blue Blood Brewery!

SUNDAY, MAY 21
BIOBLITZ & BRUNCH!10:00 am

Join a team and enjoy the wackiness that is BIOBLITZ! You’ll be teamed up with a local expert to be on a bird or bug or plant team to search Spring Creek Prairie for as many species as you can find. It’s fun. It’s fast. AND, it comes with home-cooked brunch at the end! [$5 donation for brunch is suggested]

Feathered Friends & Families, 1:00 pm
This family-fun bird walk will focus on birds, their amazing feathery adaptations, and how they create and maintain families during spring in Nebraska. Led by Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver.

Woodlands & Wetlands Walk, 2:30 pm
Tag along with experts from both Spring Creek Prairie & the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum for a walk through the wetlands and woodlands of Spring Creek Prairie, learning about trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in our beautiful non- prairie areas.

BIRDS, BARK, & BREWS!, 4:30 pm
Justin Evertson, an expert from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, will lead a stroll around Van Dorn Park, teaching about the trees and birds in the area, ending up at Blue Blood Brewery for some delicious brews and eats. * NOTE: This program does NOT take place at Spring Creek Prairie; gather at Van Dorn Park’s parking lot at 9th and Van Dorn streets.

How NOT to take a Bird Photo!, 7:00 pm
Join wildlife photographer Nick Manes of Manes Media for a fun evening learning all the DON’Ts of taking pictures of birds and other wildlife in natural settings, while enjoying a tasting of a delicious brew provided by Blue Blood Brewery!

**To register for one or all of the programs, please call (402) 797-2301 or email scp@audubon.org. Workshop sizes are limited, so early registration is suggested.

Photos from the Nature Hike in Wilderness Park on April 15, 2016, led by Bob and Bertine, who taught how to identify important native plants and how to identify and harvest wild plants as spring greens. Photos by James Dean

Upcoming Events

Sat, MAY 20, 21: BIRDS, BLOOMS & BREWS

  • Spring Creek Prairie Audobon Center, 11700 SW 100 St., Denton
  • Join Bob & Bertine on Saturday, May 20th from 10-11am for a Wildcrafting & Wildlfowers walk on the beautiful and expensive tallgrass prairie at Spring Creek. For more information about the 1st Annual Birds, Blooms, & Brews weekend event please contact Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center at 402-797-2301.

    Sat, JUNE 3, 10 a.m.-noon: GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES
    Partner with CROPS and Southern Heights Food Forest located at Southern Heights Presbyterian church at 40th & Old Cheney.

    Join Bob & Bertine at the Southern Heights Food Forest to learn about successful gardening in small spaces by using containers. We will also tour the Southern Heights Food forest, Nature Explore Classroom and CROPS community garden.

    Sun, JULY 23: NATURAL HEALING WITH HERBS

    • June 23th 3:00-5pm at the Ferguson House

    Exploring common uses for medicinal herbs and healing power of seasonal produce. Joining us will be a panel of certified clinical herbalists to discuss this important subject, including—Nicole Saville of Spritis Vitae Botanicals in Lincoln, Nicholas Schnell of Four Winds Healing Center in Omaha and Alex Svoboda of Arise Botanicals in Lincoln. Guests will be encouraged to talk about favorite herbal plants and some of their own tried and true herbal remedies.

    http://www.fourwindsnhc.com/
    http://www.spiritusvitaebotanicals.com/
    http://www.arisebotanicals.com/

    AUGUST 12th: Prairie Pines Nature Walk

    • Prairie Pines Partners to promote and participate

    Join Bob & Bertine for a nature walk and garden talk from 10am-noon out at Prairie Pines Arboretum Second Saturday Event on August 12th!

    The Prairie Pines Nature Preserve at 112 & Adams will be open to the public all day from 8 AM to 5 PM. Cat House Coffee & Smoothies will be available from 9 AM – 1 PM in Virginia’s Garden behind the Visitor Center. A barista will provide your favorite morning-upper, whether a latte or a smoothie. Nature is the best “upper” so relax in the garden with friends or take a quiet walk on the trails. Some Second Saturdays will also have special events and activities for kids! All children must be accompanied by adults. Sorry no pets –wildlife rule!

    September 17: Chef Talk, 3-5 p.m.,The Hub Cafe
    Join Bob & Bertine at the Hub Café to learn about tasty tips and cooking techniques from Chef Andrew of the Hub Café and Chef Renee with Prairie Plate Restaurant.

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    April 18th, 2017

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