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Plants and Birds Take Flight at Nature Nights

Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Photo credit: User Stemonitis on Wikipedia

I really enjoy Nature Nights because it’s a great way to educate kids about science. There are a lot of hands-on crafts and activities and that’s a great way for kids to learn.

Last week’s nature night was on the Power of Plants. I had a great time teaching kids about invasive plants with my Invasive Hunter Academy. I look forward to joining the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center again.

Plants in the garden

I like to work with my hands in nature, especially with plants, cultivating, growing, and harvesting them. I’ve grown chili peppers and tomatoes this year.

I attempted to grow corn too, but the corn was very twisted, probably due to the heat before our recent rains. Aphids and other insects really attacked it too. So instead I composted it.

I’m looking forward to the ginger, potatoes, onions, and leaks that I’m still growing.

Birds of Prey

When I was younger, I went to a Nature Nights where they were teaching kids about birds of prey. They had a man showing a hawk there. The talons were sharp and scary, and he had to wear gloves, otherwise they would have cut up his hands.

I find raptors and owls amazing because they can spot their prey from so far way. With their huge eyes and soft feathers, owls can fly so silently that mice have no chance.

Yesterday’s nature night was also on Birds of Prey, and they had fun activities in the evening too:

Don’t miss next week’s Nature Night on Thursday, July 19, on Bats.

Your friend,
Ben

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Hummingbirds hover into the Wildflower Center during Nature Nights

Black-chinned hummingbird (female)
Photo credit: User Mdf on Wikipedia

At the next Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on June 28, learn more about hummingbirds, especially two that nest here in Central Texas:

  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

As part of the free evening’s activities, you can:

  • Participate in interactive hummingbird storytelling from the Austin Public Library
  • Talk with Jeanette Larson, who will be signing her book, “Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas”
  • Listen to Shelia Hargis’ presentation on Austin’s Amazing Hummingbirds
  • Walk the gardens to learn about hummingbirds and the nectar plants they love with experts from Travis Audubon
  • Have fun with hummingbird scavenger hunts and arts and crafts

Invasive Hunter Academy charges up the Power of Plants next week

On July 5, I’m bringing my Invasive Hunter Academy to Nature Nights. This the same academy that was a big hit during Kids’ Day at the U.S. Botanic Garden during National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) in Washington D.C.

Learn about invasive species, practice your Invasive Hunter moves, and create a fun action diorama with you battling an invasive plant. Bring home your action scene, a Plant Hero pin, and other goodies too!

Learn more about the Invasive Hunter Academy:

I look forward to seeing you at Nature Nights!

Your friend,

Ben

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