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LEC plans virtual nature programs

Posted On: September 24, 2021

LEC plans virtual nature programs

Join Lyonia Environmental Center staff for a series of virtual programs that focus on Volusia County’s native plants and wildlife.

Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. An online link will be provided.

October’s free programs include:

Migrating monarchs:1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. As fall arrives, monarch butterflies can travel up to 3,000 miles to reach their overwintering grounds. LEC staff will discuss the monarch’s life cycle, anatomy and migratory habits, along with the best location to witness the incredible phenomenon.

Upcycled gardens:1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Gather some unused household items and get ready to turn them into decorative garden pieces. LEC staff will guide you by providing handy tips.

Sea glass: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Broken glass tumbled by waves, rocks and sand can become an ocean jewel known as sea glass. Learn about the rarest colors of sea glass, pick up some tips for hunting, and discover the best Florida beaches to find these treasures. Staff will provide an ingredient list and explain how to make edible sea glass candy.

Plant for bees: 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Master Beekeeper Marlin Athearn will share fun facts about Florida’s native bees and their important role as pollinators for our food supply. Athearn, owner of Marlin’s Bees, will also discuss some native plants that are beneficial to bees and their population.

Troubleshooting turfgrass: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.Brittany Council-Morton, an urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will explain how to identify lawn turf and scout for insects. She will also discuss common turf grass diseases and provide a set of procedures for individualized care and maintenance.

Bird brainiacs:1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Ravens, jays and crows are part of the Corvidae family of birds. They’re some of the smartest birds on the planet. For example, crows can determine cause and effect, and they hold “funerals” for their dead. Learn about Lyonia’s favorite corvid – the Florida scrub jay – and many other highly intelligent species from this amazing family of birds.

Down by the riverside: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Volusia County has three freshwater rivers – the St. Johns and Tomoka rivers and Spruce Creek, which is considered a blackwater river. Learn about the history of these waterways, the flora and fauna that can be found there, and some great recreational opportunities.

Reptile rendezvous:3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day with this virtual program. LEC staff will display some of their reptile ambassadors and explain what they eat, where they live, the adaptations they use, and the important roles they play in their ecosystem. This program is recommended for families and children of all ages.

Gardening for bats:1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Bats are great assets in back yards and gardens. Their favorite meals include moths and beetles; by planting flowers that bloom at night, you’ll help attract these insects and provide a nutritious meal for bats. LEC staff will share tips for creating an inviting habitat for bats and identify some of the plants that may attract them. One participant will receive a bat box.

Go with the flow: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Learn about the water cycle as staff guides you through some experiments and other water activities. This program is recommended for children ages 7-12.

Batty about bats: 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Did you know there are more than 1,400 species of bats worldwide? Celebrate National Bat Week by learning fun facts about this important species and their role in the ecosystem. This program is recommended for families and children ages 7-12.

Ghouls of the deep: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Descend into the deepest depths of the ocean and learn about goblins, vampires, vipers and others that inhabit this icy cold abyss. Much of this area is still a mystery to researchers. Who knows what else may be lurking below?

Vampires of the insect world: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Did you know the insect world includes vampires? Staff will share interesting tales about blood-sucking insects, including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. They’ll also provide tips on protecting yourself from their bite.

Learn about other upcoming events at lyoniapreserve.com.

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