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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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Kid's Nature Club
The activities offered this month will be both fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12. The “Kids Nature Club” will be offered free and open to the public and will be held on a drop in basis, so adults should plan to stay with their children while at FENCE. Families are encouraged to bring their kids by for the “Kids Nature Club” but also spend some time during their visit exploring the trails. This month’s theme is Pollinators. Kids will learn about local pollinators, their role in the environment, and will create seed balls to take home.
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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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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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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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Kid's Nature Club
This month’s theme is For the Love of Birds. Kids will learn about local birds and will be able to create bird feeders, and bird window decals to take home with them. The activities offered will be both fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12.
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Full Moon Hike
The Full Snow Moon will illuminate the sky Friday, February 10th. A guided hike starts at the FENCE Center at 6 pm to enjoy the sunset then ventures into the woods for a moonlit hike lead by AmeriCorps member Britney Tatters.
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Winter Tree Hike with Tim Lee
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Full Moon Hike
The Full Worm Moon will illuminate the sky. A guided hike starts at the FENCE Center at 7pm to enjoy the sunset then ventures into the woods for a moonlit hike lead by AmeriCorps member Britney Tatters. During the hike the history behind the March full moon many names and meanings will be discussed. All are encouraged to attend this free guided hike. Please dress appropriate for the weather as it will be chilly. Hot cocoa will be provided.
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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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