Severson Dells Notes: ‘Critter Day’ May 8, ‘Flights of Fancy’ May 15

"Flights of Fancy" will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 15, at Severson Dells Nature Center. Photo by Mary Kay Rubey

From Severson Dells Nature Center

“Critter Day: The Birds and the Bees” will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at Severson Dells Nature Center. The event is free, thanks to the sponsorship in the name of Dr. Carl Hartman.

Starting at 9 a.m., join Phillip Raines from Raines Honey Farms ( in a program called “What’s Buzzing You?” During his presentation, Phillip will discuss the fascinating world of beekeeping, but will also give us the buzz about hornets, wasps and some other winged critters.

The second program is the Atwood Environmental Center (AEC) Birds of Prey Program. People do not often get the chance to see a live hawk or owl up close. AEC’s Birds of Prey Program provides that unique opportunity by utilizing live birds to teach about environmental topics. The programs provide people a personal experience with birds that many may have seen in nature, but never so closely. This program is popular with all ages—no one should miss it.

Both programs are for people of all ages.

To guarantee a seat, you must call for registration at (815) 335-2915.

“Flights of Fancy” will be from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 15, at Severson Dells Nature Center. The event is for beginners and intermediates, with leader Keith Blackmore.

Enjoy a birding outing during the onset of spring songbird migration and learn more about where birds have been and where they are going. Opportunities will be provided to sharpen the skills useful in field recognition of our feathered friends. What behaviors do birds exhibit that help to identify them? What calls are especially helpful? How can one quickly locate birds in a bird book? Bring binoculars and bird book if you own one. Limit 16. Fee: $5. Easy trail walking. Call (815) 335-2915.

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From the May 5-11, 2010 issue

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