MAY 2013 NEWSLETTER
IN THIS ISSUE:
Walking trails are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk.
Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) hours
Closed weekends and holidays.
1750 East Beltline Ave. SE
SUMMER FAMILY PROGRAMS
Bring your family to the preserve for our free Summer Story programs! Miss Nancy, our volunteer naturalist, will read a nature storybook, then play a nature game or go for a hike with the group. We will be reading about herons, turtles, bats, slugs, and more. For schedule details, click here.
A big “thank you” goes out to our community for supporting the Native Plant Sale this year. We are grateful to the nearly 200 community members who purchased native plants, and showed their support for our mission. We are also grateful to the 20 volunteers who helped us transplant thousands of plants, make as many tags, move numerous flats, and greet visitors.
Annaka: a sophomore, double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies
What do you do at the preserve?
You might find this neighbor at the preserve and near your neighborhood!
Description: 2-4.5 inches, short, stocky body, warty skin & relatively short hind legs
Be a Good Neighbor:
UNPLUGGED: CONNECTING WITH NATURE
As a family, make a toad abode this month. Good neighbors come in all different species. Provide your neighborhood toad with a home and some water, and he will consume your garden pests and insects. What a great neighbor! Toads need cool shady places to hide from predators and the sun. For your toad abode, you will need a terracotta flowerpot and saucer. Take your pot outside to a shady moist spot in your garden or school yard, dig a shallow hole using your trowel, and lay it on its side. Fill the pot half way up with dirt and leaves. (Hint: Toads like to live next to downspouts and air-conditioning unit drip drains.) Place the saucer next to the toad abode and fill it with a small pebbles and lots of water. Wait for a toad to make itself at home and enjoy the shady retreat from the sun!
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