Enjoy the fall season and learn about the world around you at several nature programs offered this month at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Schmeeckle Reserve.
Taught by UW-Stevens Point students, the free programs meet at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. For more information, call 715-346-4992 or go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/schmeeckle.
Program offerings in November include:
- I’m Lichen It!, Wed., Nov. 7, 5–6 p.m. Explore the inconspicuous world of lichen relationships, such as how lichens indicate air and forest health and enhance woodland strolls. Mary Bartkowiak, of the Freckmann Herbarium on campus, will be a guest speaker.
- Superfly Butterflies, Fri., Nov. 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Did you know that a skipper is more than a ship captain? Identify butterflies in your own backyard and explore their adaptations.
- The Mosaic Myths of Moses Creek, Sat., Nov. 10, 2–3 p.m. Paddle back in time and discover how the waters of Moses Creek gave life to a Polish culture that has created its mosaic across our landscape. Hike with Regina and Michael Mozuch along the restored banks of Moses Creek as they share the streams story. Dress for the weather.
- The Last to Fall, Sun., Nov. 18, 3:30–4:30 p.m. After maples, birches and aspens shed their fall splendor, one broad-leafed tree holds firm to its leaves – the oak. Take a walk through Schmeeckle Reserve’s oak savanna then warm up with hot cocoa as you learn how to plant oak trees in your own backyard. Guest speaker is Jennica Skoug of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Dress for the weather.
- Curious Cranes, Mon., Nov. 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Meet a gangly feathered friend, the sandhill crane, then hear its unmistakable call and see its distinct flying pattern.
- Travel Buddies, Tues., Nov. 20, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Birds aren’t the only creatures that migrate. Several other creatures make the long journey from Central Wisconsin to Central and South America.
- Nighttime Neighbors, Wed., Nov. 28, 7–8 p.m. Dispel the myths of bats, discover their unique habits and uncover what Schmeeckle Reserve is doing to help them.
- Bird Songs, Fri., Nov. 30, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Enjoy a musical tribute to migrating birds, featuring feathered friends moving out for the winter and other arriving just for the season. The program will be accentuated by original acoustic folk songs.