Life starts to move outdoors this time of year and many local nature-themed events this weekend can help keep you busy.
The Crete Public Library recently held a program presented by naturalist Sharon Peterson all about bats. During the multimedia presentation Peterson, pictured above, holds her Fruit Bat to show his full wing span and structure.
CRETE | Naturalist Sharon Peterson presented a multimedia presentation about bats of the world at the Crete Public Library on April 20.
During a recent program on bats held at the Crete Public Library naturalist Sharon Peterson holds an African Straw-Colored bat while Savannah Davis rubs its soft fur. Peterson's multimedia presentation dispelled myths and educated the audience about the benefits of bats.
GARY | John Lawicki, of Portage, is helping his late father's love of the Indiana Dunes grow and spread to future generations.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. | When the annual migration of chimney swifts arrives from South America later this month, there will be some new lodgings available for them.
Mattoon, Ill., resident Jerry Taylor hollows out a hand-carved sap spout using a hot poker during the annual "Sap Tappin'" event at Douglas-Hart Hature Center in Mattoon. Visitors to the event get to see how maple tree sap is made into syrup.
MATTOON | It was a chance to not only taste the traditional pancake topping but see the age-old process of making it as well.
Sap as it came from the tree, right, halfway through the boiling process, center, and boiled down to syrup, left, are seen during the annual "Sap Tappin'" event at Douglas-Hart Hature Center in Mattoon, Ill. Visitors to the event get to see how maple tree sap is made into syrup.
A display of nature photography is on exhibit at the Crete Public Library through March.
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. | Pyramid State Park, south and west of Pinckneyville, is home to a flock of about 40 short-eared owls.
A short-eared owl perches on a branch during an afternoon hunt at Pyramid State Park outside Pinckneyville, Ill. Although an Illinois Endangered Species, the short-eared owl is thriving in the grasslands of the reclaimed strip mines at Pyramid. The owls nest in Canada and Alaska, but call Py…
ALGONQUIN, Ill. | Vern Brancamp is an artist.
HOBART | Shirley Heinze Land Trust will hold a volunteer workday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bur Oak Woods, an 84-acre remnant of Bur Oak savanna, one of the rarest habitat types found in Indiana.
GARY | Join a ranger for a special puppet show in honor of Groundhog Day during the open house Saturday at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St. in the Miller neighborhood.
PORTER | “He’s been blinged!” Brad Bumgardner said during Saturday’s demonstration of banding birds.
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