For more than a decade, Birds & Butterflies has offered its nature seminar series, and it will continue in 2013 with a few new additions.
Jan.15: Identifying Backyard Birds - Tips to help you identify more than 60 species of birds that you could encounter in our area. Feb. 5: How to Attract & Enjoy Eastern Bluebirds & Other Cavity Nesters - Feb. 25: Owl Prowl at Silver Bluff Audubon Center (Field Trip) - Paul Koehler will lead a tour through the Silver Bluff Audubon Center to hear and maybe see owlsMarch 12: Carolina Wildlife Care - Anne Palyok, Director of Rehabilitation, Carolina Wildlife Care, will discuss the non-profitMarch 19: Hummingbirds; Nature’s Jewels - Learn interesting facts about this incredible bird. April 9: Carolina Bays – Mysterious Depression Wetlands - Dr. Rebecca Sharitz will discuss Carolina Bays April 14: Bluebird Trail Monitoring (Field Trip) - learn tips for monitoring bluebird nest boxes on an actual bluebird trail in AikenMay 7: Wildflowers of the Southeast - learn how to identify more than 70 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubsMay 21: Critters of the Night (Field Trip) - Paul Koehler will lead a tour through the Silver Bluff Audubon Center’s to listen for the calls of night dwellersJune 4: Owls of South Carolina, Including Live Owls - Biologists Carol & Larry Eldridge lead this seminarJuly 9 :Butterflies of SC and GA and Landscaping to Attract Butterflies - identifying more than 30 species in the area and how to attract them to your yard Aug. 13: Wild Hogs: America’s Growing Invasive Problem - Dr. Jack Mayer will discuss the increasing population of wild hogs in the U.S.Sept. 10: Snakes of the Southeast: How Do You Know Who is Who? - Dr. Whit Gibbons will present a lecture using live snakes of the regionOct. 8: Ancient Life in Aiken – Fossils in Our Area - Dr. Walt Kubilius discuss fossils that can be found around Aiken.Oct. 12: Hitchcock Woods Field Trip - Dr. Harry Shealy and Dr. Walt Kubilius lead a tour through Hitchcock WoodsNov. 12: Images of The Polar Regions - Photos by Aiken’s Forrest Roberts
Ron Brenneman, co-owner of the downtown business, said they have organized the annual series in an effort to educate the community on the wonders of the world outside their windows.
Some of the new seminars include “Images of the Polar Regions,” which will feature the photography of Aiken’s Forrest Roberts who snapped images in the Arctic and Antarctica areas and “Ancient Life in Aiken” about fossils in the area.
Wild hogs, Carolina Bays and Carolina wildlife care are other new topics that will be discussed during the series.
Thanks to local scientists, biologists and other professionals, the seminars offer a fun and educational experience for residents of all ages.
“We’ve got a lot of world-class researchers in this area, and they’re all so generous in giving their time,” Brenneman said. “The more knowledge people have, the more they appreciate all the wonderful things we have in nature.”
The seminars will be held at Birds & Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W. Seminars will start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise notedand will last between 45 minutes to an hour. Reservations are required since space is limited, and there is a $5 non-refundable charge for each seminar. Attendees 16 and younger are free.
Shop discounts, special door prizes and refreshments are offered at each seminar at Birds & Butterflies.
For more information or to reserve a spot in a seminar, call 649-7999 or visit the store for a list of seminars with the dates and descriptions of each one included.