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Discover Nature Programs

 Through a partnership with the Capital Area Native Plant Society (CANPS) and the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge (LMNGBR) we are proud to offer an exciting series of “Discover Nature” programs featuring local experts that are in touch with nature and are eager to share their experiences. All programs will begin at 6:30pm in the Imo Brown Complex in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium. For members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR the fee is $5 per program, $10 for non-members, pay at the door (cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted).

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm

Featuring: Jane Patterson

hummingbird on thistle

Even people who are not otherwise enamored of birds adore hummingbirds.  And how can you not?  They are tiny flying jewels that grace our gardens with their presence and always make us smile.  But they are also incredibly resilient and travel hundreds of miles each year on their migratory journeys.  Come learn about the life history of these fascinating birds and also learn what you can do to attract them to your yard year round!

Jane Patterson is the current President of Baton Rouge Audubon Society, as well as the Education chair. She started birding in 2005 and has gotten into it in a big way, especially from the educational perspective. Jane started a bird club for kids in Baton Rouge (KidsWhoBird), and also teaches beginning birder classes through the LSU Continuing Ed systems as well as at Hilltop Arboretum. She was honored at the National Audubon national conference in July 2014 with the Dutcher award for outstanding service by an Audubon Chapter leader for her efforts in bird related education. Prior to becoming a birder, gardening was one of Jane's primary hobbies, so combining birding and gardening is one of her passions.  She has also gotten into bird photography; what better subjects than all of our beautiful birds! Jane retired from her career in state government in 2016 as the Director of Telecommunications where she was responsible for overseeing internet and phone services for Louisiana state government.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30pm

Featuring:  Nathaniel Klumb

people kayaking in the bayouFive years ago Paddle BR turned Bayou Fountain into Baton Rouge's first paddle trail.  Two years ago, BREC's improved paddle launch at Highland Road Park made it easily accessible to everyone.  This year, public access to Bayou Manchac and Alligator Bayou finally became available, and another BREC paddle launch is coming soon.  It's time for a "State of the Bayou" presentation.

What wonderful waterways do we have for paddlers to enjoy?  What are the current (and upcoming) launches and access points?  What does it take to maintain the blueways?  What would we do if we ever ran out of litter?  Stories, photos, videos, maps, "souvenirs"... We'll have it all.

Nathaniel Klumb in "Chief Doer of Stuff" for PaddleBR (an unofficial title but better than his "real" one).  His day job is as a bike-commuting programmer for the EBR School System, and when not there or on the bayous he is also a scuba instructor, hot air balloon crew person, CNC woodworker, and occasionally commercial drone pilot and photographer, among other things.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm

Featuring: Darcy Tatsch

person photographing flowerCitizen science is about creating research collaborations between scientists and volunteers. Citizen science allows people of all ages to participate in sound science, learn, and network with other like-minded individuals in their communities. We will discuss the many forms citizen science can take and how to get involved. Programs highlighted will include FrogWatch USA™, The Great Backyard Bird Count, and Monarch Watch. From birds, butterflies, and frogs there's a citizen science for you!

Darcy Tatsch is the Volunteer Coordinator at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo and has a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management.