Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer Events

June Meeting
We are doing something a little different for the June Meeting of the Salem County Nature Club. We will start the meeting in the parking lot with a plant swap and sale. If you have extra plants, especially those that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, bring them to the meeting and swap them with other club members. It would be helpful if you could tag the plants with their common name.

After the plant swap we will go inside for a short talk on turtles. During the month of June turtles are everywhere. It is their breeding time and they are wandering around looking for mates and places to lay their eggs.

July Meeting
Naturalist Paul Taylor will put on a program entitled “Exploring the Natural World”. Most of you know Paul from the many years that he served as the biologist for Parvin State Park. He led their weekly nature walks and continues to write a newspaper column called, “The Artist’s Eye”. Paul has encyclopedic knowledge of all critters that inhabit the woods, swamps, ponds and streams of Salem County. This should prove to be an exciting and fun evening.

August Meeting
We will be showing the movie, “Hooked on Hummingbirds” by Thomas H. Kaminski. While we are all familiar with our local Ruby Throated Hummingbirds there are many other varieties of hummingbirds and this video will show us 20 of those species.

The annual “Big Sit” will take place on Saturday August 21st from 8:00 am to noon. Bring your coffee and a snack, then pull up a chair in the shade and watch the wildlife. The “Big Sit” takes place at a 2.3 acre wildlife area I call home. There are gardens for butterflies, hedgerows for birds and grassy areas for other critters. The pond is filled with fish, frogs and dragonflies. Bring your camera to capture the wide variety of wildlife you will see. If you are feeling adventurist you can walk the 70 acre Natural Lands Trust preserve surrounding my place. The “Big Sit” is a relaxing way to enjoy nature without working up a sweat.