Jan. 28: INPAWS, 7 P.M., Lily Nature Center. The featured program, Favorite Shrubs & their Wildlife Uses, will be given by Sally and Harmon Weeks. They are veterans of home and large scale landscaping for native wildlife. From butterflies to deer, homeowners can landscape to welcome furry and winged friends.
Jan. 30 Wednesdays in the Wild, 1 – 3 p.m., Lily Nature Center. This week’s program, The Black and White on Indiana Walnuts, will be given by Lenny Farlee. Black walnut trees are native to Indiana, are harvested from Indiana forests as a cash crop and have a number of uses. A hard, but brittle wood, several local homes built in the mid-1800’s have black walnut throughout the structure. The nuts are used for both food and dye. White walnuts, AKA butternut is also native to Indiana. The white walnut is a soft wood, grown more for its nuts than its use in woodworking. The nut is often used in baking and candy making.
Ice skating conditions:
Riverside Skating Center (link) is the only safe skating venue right now. While many of the retention ponds look safe, the ice is not thick enough to be safe for skating.
Currently, Murdock Hill has no snow, natural or manmade.