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Programs set at Jefferson County Park

May 12, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Erin Epperson paddles a kayak on the pond at Jefferson County Park. The Conservation Foundation of Jefferson County purchased four kayaks for public programs, such as the Kayak Test Drive for fourth- through 12th graders June 16 at the Jefferson County Park Shelter No. 3 pond.

Warbler Watching hikes and youth summer programs are planned by the Jefferson County Conservation Board.

The Warbler Watching hikes are set for 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Jefferson County Park Shelter No. 3.

Local bird expert Diane Porter and naturalist Therese Cummiskey explained the earlier hike will yield more birds, but they understand that not everyone is a “morning person” so they planned another hike for 8:30 a.m.

In 2014, the birding group saw 37 different birds, including 12 different species of warblers.

The summer programs for youth will include two Bird Watchers Club events.

The first is set for 4-5:30 p.m. June 1. Students in third-grade through middle school will meet in the parking lot of Lamson Woods to visit the Neff Wetlands. Aside from learning about the birds, the group will record and submit their findings to ebird.

The second Bird Watchers Club event is 9-10:30 a.m. June 8. Students in third-grade through high school will meet in the Whitham Woods parking lot to record the birds they see and submit their findings to ebird.

The summer programs for youth also will include a Night Owls Camp June 6; field trips to hunt geodes in Bear Creek in Van Buren County June 13 and 14; and a Tadpole Camp June 28-30.

Youth programs also will include a Kayak Test Drive June 16 at the Jefferson County Park Shelter No. 3 pond. Five one-hour sessions for fourth-grade through high school students will be offered at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Four students can sign up for each session to learn a few basic skills and practice on the pond.

For details and registration for the youth programs, call 472-4421, email therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com or visit www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

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