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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.

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Rise of the Butterflies at Nature Nights

Nature nights starts this Thursday, June 21, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and is fun for the entire family. Get to know butterflies at this Thursday’s event.

As part of the evening activities, you can:

  • Watch the release of live butterflies in the courtyard by the Austin Butterfly Forum
  • Fold beautiful origami butterflies with artist Joan Son
  • Sing about the butterfly life cycle and pollination with zoologist
    Lucas Miller
  • Create a butterfly puppet with the Teenage ecowarriors
  • Walk the gardens and look for butterflies, moths, and other pollinators with nature experts

Invasive Hunter Academy and the Power of Plants

In two weeks, I’m bringing my Invasive Hunter Academy to nature nights. The July 5th event focuses on the power of plants.

As part of the academy, I look forward to teaching you about invasive species and graduating you as an Invasive Hunter.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Spot invasive species
  • Take down invasives with action moves
  • Create a fun action scene with you battling an invasive plant
    (You can take your diorama home with you!)

I’ll also have Plant Hero pins, pledges, and other fun stuff too!

I look forward to seeing you at Nature Nights!

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