EMERALD ASH BORER & CURRENT AFFAIRS
Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Echo Hill Park
Age: All (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: free (preregistration is required)
Join Chief Park Naturalist Tom Sheppard for the evening as he shares the current development of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the County and State. A history of the EAB will be given and an account of what the steps have been taken to mitigate the effects of the EAB in the County and State. A Q&A will be offered to delve into homeowner’s concerns. This is a free program but please pre-register.
Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 5 through adult
Come learn about these nocturnal birds of prey. We will find out what kinds of owls live in Hunterdon County in a slide show, view some taxidermy specimens, and dissect owl pellets to find out what owls eat. With Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush. Pre-register.
WILDLIFE OF HUNTERDON
Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Echo Hill Lodge
Ages: 6 through adult
Naturalist Debra Reed is excited to present interesting facts and specimens of Hunterdon’s most interesting wildlife. Come learn about the animals living in your own backyard including the coyote, the bear, snakes, bats, and many more. Pre-register.
MERCURY & THE EARLY EVENING SKY
Date: Wednesday, February 27 (Rain Date: Thursday, February 28)
Time: 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Hoffman Park
Age: 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult) (Firm on age)
Guest Astronomers: Wayne Petko & John Andrews
While Mercury is one of the five visible planet that we can see with the naked eye, it is actually the hardest one to view. Being so close to the Sun, Mercury is never more than 18 degrees from the Sun. This evening, the planet is approaching its furthest point from the star. Join us for a chance to see Mercury up close and then some other celestial features as the sky turns to night. Pre-register.
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ages: 8 through adult
What makes a duck a duck? Did you know that some ducks “dump” eggs in other ducks’ nests? What about that ducks that dive in deep water have feet positioned further back on their bodies than ducks that dabble in shallower water? Or that their courtship rituals may involve arching their necks, whistling, and then lowering their bills and spurting water toward the female? This lecture by Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush will go through common types of ducks and duck-like birds in Hunterdon, and places to find them in our area.