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Tasty Treats In The Garden

Photo courtesy Gateway Greening.

Join Gateway Greening on Sunday, September 15, 6 – 9 p.m., at the annual Chefs in a Garden event where local chefs will create tasting plates from local ingredients to share with all of you. The event is located at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

For ticket information, CLICK HERE.
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The Secret Life of Snakes at Powder Valley

Copperhead photo courtesy MDC.

Spend an evening with Dr. Benjamin C. Jellen learning about a new snake study in the St. Louis area, Friday, August 23, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is included as a study site. Researchers are tracking snakes, including Copperheads, to better understand their overall ecology and population dynamics. Learn how they do this and see some of their findings.

Unique to this investigation is an emphasis on working with the public to gain insight into perspectives about native snakes in order to combine snake ecology with public opinions to learn ways to lessen negative associations and risks to both animals and people.

To register for the event, CLICK HERE.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122.

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Meet National Geographic Adventurer Of The Year Jennifer Pharr Davis At Powder Valley Nature Center

Portrait of Jennifer Pharr Davis courtesy MDC.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will host a special program, “An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis,” Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature the long-distance hiking athlete, author and speaker as she offers insights and inspiration acquired during her outdoor journeys. The program is free and open to the public.

In 2011, Pharr Davis set the overall fastest known time for completing the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 straight days. She was awarded National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2012 and has logged over 14,000 miles of long distance trail hiking on six different continents.

Her extreme hiking adventures have enabled her to write articles for Outside, Backpacker and Trail Runner magazines. She has also been featured in the Washington Post, on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. Pharr Davis has authored three guides to hiking trails in her home state of North Carolina, among other books.

During the presentation, Pharr Davis will share slides and stories from her long-distance hikes, answer questions, and sign copies of her latest book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.

Seating will be limited to attend “An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis” and advanced online registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/y6mk94vt.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44.
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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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