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Don Corrigan Talks Squirrels With Jean Ponzi

Don Corrigan talks with Jean Ponzi on her popular KDHX radio/podcast “Earthworms.” Ponzi jumps into all things squirrels with Corrigan in this fun and informative interview.

 

KDHX Earthworms goes nuts as Don Corrigan talk Squirrels with host Jean Ponzi, proving that Pop Culture and enviro purpose can truly hole up together.

Hear the Earthworms radio/podcast interview HERE.

Check out the upcoming lectures and book signings by Don Corrigan below.

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Nuts About Squirrels: July Calendar of Squirrel Events 

Pictured: Don Corrigan

Don Corrigan continues his crusade to give squirrels their due and to put Mickey Mouse in his place.

“Everyone thinks Mickey Mouse is the most important anthropomorphic rodent in our popular culture. No question that Walt Disney’s mouse is formidable, but taken in the aggregate, squirrels have much more of a presence in our popular culture,” said Corrigan.

Corrigan points out that squirrels are in our children’s books, newspaper headlines, TV news, radio shows, movies, public relations and advertising. Corrigan will bring his squirrel-centric message to the following venues in July:

On Thursday July 4th, Jean Ponzi of KDHX Radio and the show, “Earthworms,” will post a podcast of her interview with Don Corrigan, author of “Nuts About Squirrels: The Rodents That Conquered Popular Culture.” The show will cover the environmental aspects of squirrels, from their mass migrations prompted by climate change and food supply disruptions to the gray squirrels’ history in England as an invasive species that is driving out the red squirrels.

Don Corrigan is editor of the West End Word, Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times, as well as a professor of journalism at Webster University.

See a full listing of July 2019 event dates below.

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105.7 FM – The Point Radio On-Air Personality Jeff Burton Takes Fans Hiking

105.7 The Point Radio personality Jeff Burton led a group of nearly 50 station listeners on a hike through Rockwoods Reservation last month. Burton cites hiking as helping him overcome some heath challenges he’s experienced. All photos courtesy MDC.

Jeff Burton, an on-air personality at 105.7-The Point radio station, went hiking with listeners of the Rizzuto Morning Show recently. The Missouri Department of Conservation posted a recap of the hiking event. See the MDC story below.

Burton is no stranger to Rockwoods Reservation. He treks the area’s trails regularly as one of his favorite hiking destinations. For him hiking is more than a recreation, however; it’s been pivotal to helping him turn the corner on a health crisis.

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Stephanie Arne To Speak At The Saint Louis Zoo

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2019 Katy Trail Ride Canceled Due to Missouri River Flooding

Due to the recent widespread flooding along the Missouri River over the past month, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Park Foundation are canceling the 2019 Katy Trail Ride set to begin June 17.

The five-day, 240-mile ride annual ride, which takes travelers through many of Missouri’s rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs, usually draws some 350 bicyclists from across the nation and overseas. Currently, nearly 100 miles of Katy Trail State Park are closed due to flooding from Boonville east to St. Charles.

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WGNSS Winning Photographs Displayed At Powder Valley

By Don Corrigan (Webster-Kirkwood Times)

A ruby-throated hummingbird will be seen feeding her young at Powder Valley Nature Center starting June 1. The brightly-colored bird is part of a month-long exhibit of award-winning photos assembled by the Webster Groves Nature Study Society.

“Powder Valley is perfect for exhibiting our winning photographs,” said Bill Duncan, chairperson of the society’s Nature Photography Group. “The photos showcase the nature subjects and scenes that visitors can hope to see in their own outdoor excursions. They also provide a bit of education about the photo subjects.”

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Butterfly Gardening for Pollinators program June 6 at Powder Valley Nature Center

Nature enthusiasts Steve Craig and Amy Short reveal the magic behind creating a butterfly garden with a unique and comprehensive strategy. Photo courtesy MDC.

Butterflies are certainly beautiful to watch, but they can also act as important pollinators.  Did you know you can discover the secrets to attracting butterflies to your yard?  The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will present Butterfly Gardening for Pollinators, a free program Thursday, June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Read more about the MDC event below.

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Need A Gift For Dad?

Father’s Day gift ideas eluding you? Come to the Webster Groves Bookshop, 27 N. Gore, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Annie Blum will explain, sell and sign her book, “The Steamer Admiral.” Ditto for Don Corrigan with “Forest Park: Images of America.” He also will debut, “Nuts About Squirrels.”

These books are conversation pieces for nostalgia on Dad’s Day!

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We Need Rally Squirrel! New Book Review By StL Sports Page

StL Sports Page recently posted a book review for Don Corrigan’s new book, “Nuts About Squirrels.” It’s a great read and showcases Rally Squirrel!

With the Cardinals in such a dismal period, fans are looking for Rally Squirrel. Where has he been the past few weeks?

“Rally Squirrel needs to return,” said local author Don Corrigan, who has just penned a book a book about the furry creatures. “He is in the book several times, thanks to the Cardinals and Dan Martin, who gave permissions for him to jump into the pages of Nuts About Squirrels.”

Corrigan will be signing the book at the Webster Groves Bookshop, 27 N. Gore, from 11 a.m. to1 p.m., Saturday, June 1.

Read the full StL Sports Page HERE.

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Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Orangutan Merah’s 50th Birthday June 1

Photo: JoEllen Toler, Saint Louis Zoo

Celebrate Merah’s 50th birthday at the Saint Louis Zoo!

Saint Louis Zoo visitors are invited to help celebrate female Sumatran orangutan Merah’s 50th birthday. The great ape care staff will provide birthday-themed enrichment for Merah and her daughters Rubih (ROO-bee) and Ginger, and Ginger’s father Cinta (CHIN-tah). Meet a keeper and education staff members to learn about the animals and conservation.

When:  Saturday, June 1 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

·  9:30 a.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  2 p.m. – orangutan enrichment activity; meet a keeper

·  9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – education and conservation information

Where: Fragile Forest at the Saint Louis Zoo

Photo: Robin Winkelman, Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110. Find more information HERE.