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Events set at Jefferson County Park

Jun 28, 2017

Jefferson County Conservation is planning several programs about pond critters, dragonflies, damselflies, moths and butterflies during July.

“Pond Critters” is planned from 10-11:15 a.m. July 19 at Jefferson County Park.

The program is designed for 4- and 5-year-old children and their grown-up.

The group will be exploring the park’s small wetland.

“You’ll both want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and shoes or boots in case your feet get wet,” said Jefferson County Naturalist Therese Cummiskey.

The program is free, but registration is suggested; call 472-4421 or email therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

“Dragonflies & Damselflies” is planned at 10:30 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. July 24.

The program, led by entomologist Moni Hayne, is geared to adults, but Cummiskey said kids will enjoy it, too.

Forty-eight species of dragonflies and damselflies, with names like Calico Pennant, Widow Skimmer and Blue-fronted Dancer, have been recorded in Jefferson County.

Attendees will learn how to identify some of the local species and learn about their life cycle.

The program will start in the Jefferson County Park Nature Center, and then move outdoors.

The program is free, and no registration is necessary.

Two “Moth Night” programs are set July 26. The first session runs from 10-11 p.m. The second runs from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Both of the sessions, led by Hayne, begin in the nature center.

“You don’t have to have kids to participate, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult,” said Cummiskey.

The program is free, and no registration is necessary.

“Butterflies” programs are set at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 27.

The program, led by Hayne, is geared to adults, but Cummiskey said kids also will enjoy it.

Attendees will learn about the variety of butterflies found in Jefferson County, and learn to identify the common caterpillars and what garden plants they nibble on.

The program starts in the nature center and then moves outdoors for a hike to identify local species.

The program is free, and no registration is necessary.

For more information about Jefferson County Conservation programs planned in July, and later in August, visit the organization’s website www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

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