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Badge Workshops for Girl and Cub Scout Troops

Spring Bird Count Pre-count Meeting Tuesday, May 5 6:30 p.m. Lake County Spring Bird Count Saturday, May 9 All day

Gibson Woods


re you looking for fun and exciting ways to earn badges? Come to Gibson Woods Nature Preserve and let our staff help you explore the wonderful world of nature. We offer various work- shops to fill some of the requirements for badges (badge not included in program). A

he spring bird count is one of the favorite activities of birders nationwide. It is a true marathon of birding that challenges the beginner as well as the most experienced. Birders will be out in force throughout Lake County on Saturday, May 9 to try to find as many species as possible. Each team will try to check as many habitats as they can to try and increase their numbers. All the teams as a whole will try to find more species than last year to break their own county record. T

If you would like to participate in all the fun, attend the pre-count meeting. During the meeting, territories will be assigned and teams will be assembled. More counters are needed to cover areas all over Lake County including areas within the Lake County Parks.

Don’t be intimidated if you are a beginner, you can be teamed up with those who have more experience. Feeder watchers are also needed for those who prefer armchair birding. Call 219-844-3188 for more information.

GIRL SCOUTS Brownies Watching Wildlife Earth and Sky Water Everywhere (spring only) Juniors Wildlife Earth Connections Cadettes and Seniors Wildlife All about Birds

CUB SCOUTS Bear Sharing Your World with Wildlife Webelos Naturalist Forester

Spring Bird Migration Hike

Gibson Woods

Friday, May 8

8 a.m.

Registration is required Call 219-844-3188 Individual sign-ups only (please no groups)

any birds returning in the spring are actually considered tropical birds. Ornithologists believe that these neo-tropical birds are “spreading out” in the spring to find breeding space after spending the winter in their true home, the tropics. Birds like warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles are among the neo- tropical migrants that can be seen in our area in early to mid May. Natural areas like Gibson Woods are critically important for these migrants to find the right kinds of foods that help sustain them during their long journey north to their breeding grounds. M

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist, as well as other bird enthusiasts, to seek out and learn about these colorful migrants. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, sturdy shoes, and a field guide. Bird field guides are available at the Gibson Woods gift shop.

Wildflower Walks

Troop Registration: Badge programming is $1 per person, including adults, with a $10 minimum and a 30 person maximum. Workshops are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 to 5 p.m. September through May. To register, call the park department office at 219-769- PARK. Groups must register at least two weeks in advance. Only one badge per workshop.

Park hours at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Park gates are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October Park gates are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February

The Environmental Awareness Center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round

Both the EAC and the park gates will be closed on Mondays and Holidays

Friday, May 22

9:30 a.m.

Friday, June 12

9:30 a.m.

Gibson Woods

Register at 219-844-3188


ore than 300 species of native plants are found in Gibson Woods, including a variety of rare and unique species. Some plants produce sweet smells and odd fragrances, while some produce no scent at all. Some plants are polli- nated by hummingbirds. Some eat other plants. Join a Lake County Parks Nat- uralist to enjoy our native flora. See the many colors of reds, blues, yellows, and white that these flowers produce. Gain a few identification tips and discover how they benefit our environment. M


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