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Kid's Nature Club
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Summer Bird Hike with Aaron Steed
Though August is a summer month, it is the start of the fall migration for many of our local birds. Many of our summer bird residents are still around at this time of year, perhaps still singing, while certain species such as Barn Swallow and Purple Martin have largely gone. The first of many southbound songbird migrants are just beginning to trickle through. Join international bird guide, Aaron Steed, for a walk through the woodlands around FENCE and search for a variety of warblers, tanagers, sparrows and more.
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Walk on the Wild Side with Carlton Burke
Carlton Burke will be visiting FENCE and leading a nature hike on the property. Meet at the FENCE nature center at 9am on Saturday, September 9th for a guided hike with local naturalist, Carlton Burke. He brings along much expertise about the natural world! This hike will focus on all things encountered along the way and is appropriate for all ages. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making programs like these possible.
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Fall Bird Hike with Aaron Steed
Join international bird guide Aaron Steed for a walk in the woodlands and fields of FENCE and look for a variety of migrant songbirds.Fall migration will be past its peak but there will still be much to see in the way of birds.
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Birds of Prey-Wild for Life
Local Wildlife rehabilitation organization, Wild for Life, to visit FENCE. Get up close and personal with some local birds of prey. They will present a fun, educational program on local bird of prey species, their role in the environment, and the role of wildlife rehabilitation centers in our area. Wild for life will be bringing along a few of their educational birds for the presentation as well! This event is free, open to the public, and is sure to be a great event for attendees of all ages.
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Winter Bird Hike with Simon Thompson
Our first guided walk of the year is open and free to the community. FENCE welcomes everyone from first time birders to advanced birders to join Simon for his walk!
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Winter Tree Hike with Tim Lee
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Owl Prowl with Aaron Steed
'Owl Prowl' - Whoooo's that calling at night? Hoots, toots, whinnies and even some whistles are made by our local owl species. By late March, many owls are actively calling, and on this owl prowl, we will listen for and try to see as many different owls as possible. If we are lucky, we may get to hear/see Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Barred and Barn Owls. Of course, we will hope for calm and clear weather as windy conditions can make finding owls very difficult!
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Wildflower Hike with Carlton Burke
Join naturalist Carlton Burke for a leisurely hour-long stroll on the FENCE grounds to look for early spring wildflowers in bloom. This event is free and open to the public. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making this event possible.
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Spring Bird Hike with Simon Thompson
FENCE welcomes everyone from first time birders to advanced birders to join Simon Thompson, local ornithologist for his walk on the FENCE property! Everyone loves birding in the spring and there are few places nicer than the Carolina Foothills in April. The flowers are opening and the birds are all singing. Brown Thrashers sing their rich songs from the treetops and Eastern Bluebirds are probably already on eggs, and the first broods of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice may have already hatched. We should enjoy warm weather and birdsong on a fine spring day. This event is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
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