Bird Detective Class and Walk
Adam and Gina Kent
Jan. 25, Classroom Presentation: 1:00pm-2:00pm; 1-113; Outdoor Walk: 2:00pm-3:30pm
During this interactive presentation, we’ll explore clues to bird identification, including body types, patterns, bills, behaviors, habitats, and sounds. Following the classroom presentation, we will step out back for a walk around the Chain of Lakes to use your new skills to observe wading birds, water birds and songbirds. Participants will receive a copy of the Bird Detective Guide for Identification of Common Florida Birds.
Coexisting with the Florida Black Bear
Nancy and Dan Kon (Imagine Our Florida)
Jan. 25, 2:10pm-3:00pm; 1-113
Learn to connect with Florida Black Bears by understanding how they live, what they eat, and the ways that humans interfere with nature’s perfect balance by unknowingly inviting bears into human neighborhoods.
Falconry Adventures of Orlando Live Flight Demonstration
Jan. 25, 10:45am-11:30am and 11:30am-12:15pm
Meet in the yard between Buildings 1 and 4. If it is raining, the birds will be in Classroom 1-114.
Falconry Adventures of Orlando is an education-based business that is licensed on both, state and federal levels. They offer hands on experiences with trained hawks and falcons. Learn the art, history and methods of this medieval era “Sport of Kings” while experiencing the wonders of a wild, trained bird of prey. See what it is like to fly one of their wild, trained birds of prey.
Family Nature Photography Fun!
Kevin Loughlin and Lee Hoy (Wildside Nature Tours)
Jan. 25, 9:30am-11:00am, AUD
Does your youngster (age 10-16) enjoy photography? Bring your smart phone, your point & shoot camera or your camera with interchangeable lenses, to this workshop where we will help you find fun subjects from bugs to birds to really cool patterns. Not a lot of technical stuff… it’s all about how to see things to photograph! We will head outside for the last portion of the class.
Florida Reptiles with Gator Bill
Jan. 25, 11:15am-12:15pm; AUD
Join Gator Bill Robb to explore the reptiles of Florida, as well as interacting safely with a few of these live reptiles!
Humming Across the Americas
Steve Shunk (Paradise Birding)
Jan. 25, 1:00pm-2:00pm; AUD
More than 375 hummingbird species live in the western hemisphere, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Join Oregon naturalist Steve Shunk, while he dives into the world of hummingbirds.
Life & Times of Indian River Dolphins
Megan Stolen (Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute)
Jan. 25, 4:10pm-5:00pm; 1-113
The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is home to a resident population of bottlenose dolphins which are born, grow up and eventually die without leaving the lagoon. Come into our lab, aboard our boat and into a super cold freezer and get to know YOUR local dolphins. Scientist, Megan Stolen will talk about the current threats to (IRL) dolphins and what you can do to help them.
Christina Baal (Drawing 10,000 Birds)
Jan. 25, 9:00am-10:30am; 1-114
Grab a sketchbook, a pencil, and get ready to see the natural world in new ways as you explore your surroundings with new eyes. In this short classroom session followed by an outdoor walk, we will learn how to keep a nature journal, while getting to know the flora and fauna of the Chain of Lakes Park. Please bring at a minimum a sketchbook, a pencil, and eraser. Any other art supplies are encouraged, but please keep in mind that we will be walking around so do not bring more than is comfortable to carry in the field!
Woodpeckers are Cool!
Steve Shunk (Paradise Birding)
Jan. 25, 3:10pm-4:00pm; 1-113
Have you ever watched a woodpecker pounding its head on a tree? How does it do this without getting a headache?! And how does it climb trees so easily? Woodpecker expert, Steve Shunk, will share fun stories about our forest carpenters, including Florida’s Downy Woodpecker—one of the world’s smallest—and the giant Pileated—one of the world’s largest. Bring all your woodpecker questions and Steve will have the answers!
Woodpecker Painting with Mimi’s Crafts
Jan. 25, 9:30am-11:00am; 1-113
Registration and a $10.00 additional charge are required.
Mimi from Mimi’s Crafts in Satellite Beach, will help your child create an acrylic woodpecker painting that will be treasured for years to come.
Yoga for Wildlife Enthusiasts
Jan. 25, 8:15am-9:15am; $5.00 At the Door
Meet in Front of Building 1 or AUDITORIUM (Bad weather)
Practice yoga to the sounds of nature and fill your lungs with fresh air as you enjoy the surroundings of nature, while practicing a gentle stretching flow yoga class. Starting your Saturday on a yoga mat at the Chain of Lakes Park instills calm for the rest of the day. Bring your own mat/towel & water. Beginners are welcome.