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January 10, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cool Creek Nature Center
2000-1 E 151st Street
Carmel, IN 46033
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Nature Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

These lectures will provide in-depth education into the seasonally related topics below and are led by our naturalist staff through a PowerPoint program. The programs are geared toward young adults and adults and intended to expand our citizen’s knowledge of the life and passive recreation opportunities in Hamilton County and our state! 

Ages: Adults and young adults 
Location: CCNC 
Pre-registration: Not Required. 

Wildlife Confllicts 
As we adopt healthier landscape practices, we may end up with issues that put us in conflict with wildlife. We like to help homeowners navigate these potential conflicts with non-lethal, sustainable solutions that promote wildlife coexistence. Often, simple solutions can be used that couple education about animal behavior and requirements with landscape design to minimize conflict. We will also learn about some standard practices like mosquito spraying and other pest management practices that are ineffective, expensive, and unhealthy overall for the ecosystem, while exploring more ecological alternatives. 

Date: Tuesday, November 15 
Time: 6:30 pm

 Owls of Indiana 
Winter is a wonderful time to study and observe owls. Our December program will explore the various species of owls that can be found in Indiana. Taxidermy owls will be on display for closer examination, and the presenter will share facts and the life history of these impressive predators! 

Date: Tuesday, December 13 
Time: 6:30 pm 

The Basics of “Birding” 
Winter is a great time to pick up the hobby of birdwatching. Learn about the basics of watching birds, the equipment needed, the places to look for them, and how to hone your observation skills! 

Date: Tuesday, January 10 
Time: 6:30 pm 

How Plants were Used to End Slavery 
As Black History month begins, we will look at how native plants were used to fight the practice of slavery. “Freeman Sugar,” made from maple trees, pokeweed, and other plants, were used by abolitionists to fight the practice of enslavement, pull profits away from goods produced by enslaved people, and create public displays of protest. Westfield’s history as a Quaker-settlement town and its involvement in the Underground Railroad will also be shared. 

Date: Tuesday, February 7 
Time: 6:30 pm 

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