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Sept.19: Astronomy Program at sunset
"The Last Stars of Summer". Offered by the Foothills Astronomical Society.
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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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Spring Hike with Simon Thompson
Well-known ornithologist and birding expert, Simon Thompson, will conduct a Spring birding hike at FENCE on May 16 at 8:00am. This will be the second in the series.
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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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Summer Bird Hike with Simon Thompson
Well-known ornithologist and birding expert, Simon Thompson, will conduct a Summer birding hike at FENCE on June 17 at 8:00am. This will be the third in the series
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Walk in the Woods
Winter is a wonderful time to explore the woods at FENCE. Come enjoy a walk during this special time of year while discovering the amazing ways local animals and plants survive in the cold winter. Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. This guided walk is free and open to the public.
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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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Weekend Nature Hike
Ornithologist Simon Thompson leads a birding hike in the first of a new series of weekend nature hikes. Bring water and binoculars.
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Wild for Life Presentation
Join us in the FENCE Great Room for an exciting live animal presentation from Wild for Life!
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Wildflower Hike
Local Naturalist Carlton Burke will be leading a hike through the trails at FENCE on the search for spring ephemerals and other wildflowers. Wear comfortable walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. No registration required. Meet at the FENCE Center.
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