March 25 update: Due to the blizzard, the INPAWS meeting has been cancelled. They will reschedule Kay for a later date. She will be at McCormicks Creek SP in April.
March 25: INPAWS, Indiana Plant ID Guides for Electronic Devices*, 7 p.m., Lily Nature Center. Kay Yatskievych of Missouri Botanical Garden (link). Kay is the author of the excellent “Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers”, a must for any enthusiast. She will address the various web sites for wildflower guides and information. This PDF (link) is a quick guide to common Indiana Wildflowers. Currently she is working on a handout with the URL’s for those sites. This program is open to the public. INPAWS website (link). * Title for the program has changed.
March 26: Audubon Junior Nature Club, 5th and 6th grade students, Lily Nature Center, 6-7:30 p.m. (link)
March 27: Wednesdays in the Wild, Spring on the Wing, 1-3 p.m. Susan Ulrich will lead this program. Susan is active with the local Sycamore Audubon Society (link). As an avid birder, she knows the ins and outs of local birding spots and some of the veterans’ tricks of what to look for.
Reminder: Lafayette residents needing a rain barrel, the city of Lafayette (link) still has some of the reduced price rain barrels. Not a town resident? Wild Bird Shoppe (link) has an excellent user friendly model for sale. Now’s the time to plan for your rain garden and rain barrels for spring.
Flora - fauna update: Currently not much in bloom at Clegg's or some of the other parks. Crocus are in bloom; leaves of the Virginia bluebells and daffodils can be seen. Ginger leaves were visible at Wildcat Park. A frosty morning visit to Clegg's included a chorus of cardinals, augmented by nuthatch and hawks cries. At the Wildcat Park, early morning winged visitors included: cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, crows, wood ducks, grackles, robins, nuthatches, downy woodpecker and a great blue heron.