February Fun at Flanders Nature Center

Flanders Nature Center located on 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury Connecticut is offering a month of wild life fun in February. On February 14 for example, the American Bald Eagle will be discussed. The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and the subject of strong conservation efforts in Connecticut. As their numbers here are increasing, how much do you know about the Bald Eagle?

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Join Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist Peggy Zabawar to learn more about the Bald Eagle’s size, history, what it eats and how it lives, the banding efforts here in CT and nationally as well as ‘Bald Eagle etiquette’. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

On February 24 at 7 p.m. join the staff at Flanders for a lecture on Connecticut’s wild rabbits. Lisa Wahle, of the CT DEEP Wildlife Division, will discuss state initiatives to create young forest/shrub land habitat and ways you can help New England Cottontails to survive. Participants will learn about funding opportunities for private landowners to create habitat and facts to keep
Eastern Cottontails around for future generations. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non members.

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Gerri Griswold, a CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator wil be on hand on February 27 at 11 a.m. to discuss the North American porcupine. This is one of one of Connecticut’s most fascinating species and the world’s third largest rodent! Gerri Griswold will be bringing along a live porcupine that is under her department’s care for participants to meet. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.

The month of February concludes with an animal tracking workshop on February 27 at 2 p.m. This workshop will help participants identify what passes your house when you are not around! Participants will learn about the fascinating world of animal tracking from Connecticut Conservation Ambassador Michael Grady. Participants will be traversing the trails at Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary to search for and identify tracks, signs and scat of the local wildlife. It is advised to dress warmly for this interesting outdoor activity.
For more information on Flanders Nature Center and to sign up for these programs visit www.flandersnaturecenter.org. For more area information www.litchfieldhills.com

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