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Know your local wildlife: have fun and learn a ton at Radford's Selu BioBlitz

Kids of all ages love finding hidden treasures in nature, like this monarch caterpillar.  Discoveries like this one ignite a passion for life long learning about nature.
Kids of all ages love finding hidden treasures in nature, like this monarch caterpillar. Discoveries like this one ignite a passion for life long learning about nature.
Dorothy Birch, 2012 www.dorothybirch.com

There's no better way to help children fall in love with nature and than to get them out into it with naturalists and experts who can help reveal some of its secrets and wonders.

That's exactly what's on offer this weekend during the BioBlitz at Radford University's (RU) Selu Conservancy.

This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome to participate in all or any part of the event: no prior nature experience or knowledge necessary!

The schedule for this event includes:

7:30 a.m. – Bird Watching with Dr. Bob Sheehy and John Kell (RU & New River Valley Bird Club)

9:00 a.m. – Small mammal trapping and handling with Dr. Karen Powers (RU & Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN))

10:15 a.m. – Herpetile walk with Dr. Matt Close (RU)

11:30 a.m. – Wildflower walk with Dr. Gary Coté (RU)

12:45 a.m. – 10 minute rotating techniques stations:

– Radiotelemetry with Sara Sweeten (Virginia Tech (VT))

– Bat capture & measuring techniques with John Huth (VT) & Dr. Karen Powers (RU & VMN)

– Herpetile handling and care with Dr. Matt Close (RU)

– Fisheries techniques with Michael Moore and Jason Emmel (Virginia Tech)

The event will be followed by a cookout at 1:30 p.m.; participants are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful Selu Conservancy setting.

To find out more about the Selu (pronounced SAY-loo) Conservancy visit their website and check out this short video.

Click for directions to the site.

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