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Dragonfly I.D. Workshop

Learn about the fascinating world of dragonflies from one of the masters in the field. Mike May, Ph.D., will teach you about the basics of what members of the Odonata family are, their life cycles and behavior, and give you an inside glimpse into his research. Program includes a presentation indoors and a journey outside to search for adult and larva. Binoculars are helpful but not required. This program is geared for adults. Mike May grew up in Florida and began collecting insects at a young age. His interest in dragonflies peaked in graduate school at the University of Florida where he earned his Ph.D. He spent three years on postdoctoral appointments in Panama and the University of Illinois. He retired from Rutgers University in 2012 but still keeps up research on dragonflies. He is coauthor of two books: Damselflies of North America and A Manual of the Dragonflies of North America, and author/co-author of more than 60 scientific papers. He also is a member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Odonatology and is deeply involved in the Xerces Society’s Migratory Dragonfly Project (www.migratoryd​ragonflypartner​ship.org). Advance registration required by Aug. 10. »

Book Discussion – Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park

When a pair of red-tailed hawks builds a nest atop a Fifth Avenue apartment house across the street from the model-boat pond, author Marie Winn and a cadre of fellow naturalists are soon transformed into obsessed hawk watchers. The hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking saga of Pale Male and his mate as they struggle to raise a family in their unprecedented nest site, and the affectionate portrait of the humans who fall under their spell, will delight and inspire readers for years to come. For ages 16 and up. Join Naturalist Monica Flynn as we learn about the natural history of Central Park and beyond through the eyes of Pale Male, a very special hawk indeed.  Book discussion will be followed by tour of the meadow, where we’ll look for our very own red-tailed hawk and discover the food web that supports him.  Participants should read Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn prior to the program. Advance registration required by Aug.16. »

Bat Chat

Session I: Wednesday, Aug. 16 (rain date Aug. 17) Session II: Wednesday, Aug. 23 (rain date Aug. 24) Please register for each session separately. Bats are incredible creatures. They are excellent parents, are insect-eating machines and have valuable roles in our ecosystem. Join Matthew Wund, Ph.D., to discover the species that call Pennsylvania home, the challenges they face and the important services they provide. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor bat hike where participants will get to use bat detectors to listen to echolocation calls. For ages 6 and up. Matthew Wund is an associate professor of biology at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. His expertise in bats stems from his graduate work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. His dissertation focused on how bats modify their echolocation calls in different foraging situations, such as hunting within dense woods or in open spaces.  He’s excited to share his knowledge and passion during the bat chat. »

Labor Day: Visitor Center Open

Discover and learn more about native plants and the web of life they support; visit Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve on Labor Day. »
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