Oct
01
2006

Warner Nature Center visit

What is the best way to spend a day as wonderful as we had this Sunday, Oct. 1st?Solar pontoon at Warner Center: photo by Art Oglesby
Solar pontoon at Warner Center: photo by Art Oglesby
About 500 of us decided to attend Warner Nature Center's anual "Fall Color Blast". Thankyou Liza for posting this opportunity on our Buzz Blog.

Solar Pontoon rides

My favorite activity (besides apple pie with ice cream) was to ride around the lake on Warner's solar powered pontoon raft. I think it is about ten years old now. We were the tenth group to go for a ride so the batteries were pretty empty. The super quiet electric motors were depending almost entirly on the solar cells for power.Bird banding at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby
Bird banding at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby

Bird banding

I learned quite a bit about the how and why of bird banding, too. We got to see the birds get caught in special nets. The birds were immediately untrapped and placed in a cloth bag. One by one they were measured, recorded, then released.

Fiddle music and nature walks

Nancy Conger entertained us by playing fiddle and violin. We walked through a bog and saw insects trapped in carniverous pitcher plants. Deep in the woods, I found a pelvic bone and skull (deer I think). There were several varieties of mushrooms, especially puffballs.

I am giving this experience 5 stars

Now that I know about Warner's many great programs, I plan on going back again and again. You should check them out.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Liza says:

Art,

I was there today, too. It's amazing: I've worked, in one way or another, for the Science Museum since 1993, and I'd never been out there.

I thought the silver birches and the reddest-leaved maple trees I've ever seen were worth the trip.

Throw in pie and ice cream, and two totally tuckered out kids, plus a few cool bird sightings and a gorgeous day, and you've got a deal that can't be beat.

posted on Sun, 10/01/2006 - 10:01pm
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ARTiFactor says:

Here are some pictures I took at the Fall Color Blast open house at the Warner Nature Center yesterday.
Canoing at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby
Canoing at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby
Beaver at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby
Beaver at Warner: photo by Art Oglesby
Pitcher plant: photo by Art Oglesby
Pitcher plant: photo by Art Oglesby
Warner owl: photo by Art Oglesby
Warner owl: photo by Art Oglesby
Pelvic bone: photo by Art Oglesby
Pelvic bone: photo by Art OglesbyCourtesy Art Oglesby
Puffball: photo by Art Oglesby
Puffball: photo by Art Oglesby
Deer skull?: photo by Art Oglesby
Deer skull?: photo by Art Oglesby

posted on Mon, 10/02/2006 - 11:29am
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ARTiFactor says:

I just received Vol 2, Issue 1 of Warner News.

We're pleased to annouce that we set an all time attendance record for the Blast this year. 600 people came to enjoy the fall colors, free pie and ice cream, canoe rides, bird banding, puppet shows, music and more. Warner's increased community visibility and the beautiful weather helped draw in 250 more participants than last year!

Congrats for this super event. I am looking forward to next year.

posted on Mon, 10/16/2006 - 11:34am

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