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August 18 7:30 p.m. Coyotes: They’re Here to Stay!
Jim Parkhurst: Virginia Tech Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

A peek into the life of one of Virginia’s newest additions to our biodiversity. We will examine the history and biology of the coyote, and then confront the management challenges presented by this tremendously adaptable animal. It wasn’t by chance that this critter got its notoriety for being “wiley”.

July 21 Wonders of Wildwood 7:30 p.m.

Nancy Kent: Naturalist/Photography

* Witness Nancy Kent’s journey through photos from casual observer to extraordinary naturalist and photographer. Discover the diversity and beauty of nature through the lens of Nancy’s camera and see how her perception of nature changed as she explored with her camera.

Its on!! Storms on radar look like they are dissipating and the sun is out! So…. hesitate…we are going for it!! We will be in Wildwood at the outdoor classroom tonight July 7 at 7:30 ! See you there!!!

Watching the Weather Radar…we are still on at the park as of 4:15 today. Will post a change to Rec. Center by 6:30 if rain and thunder does not move out! :-)

WHEN: 7:30 PM    WHERE: Outdoor Classroom, Wildwood Park, Radford on the map at http://www.radfordpl.org/wildwood/today/map.html In case of rain: The lecture will move to Radford Recreation Center. An announcement will be posted here as well. See attached poster for the entire series.

Our June presentations were well attended, and we would like to extend a big thank you to Scott Gardner and Carl Hansen. Coming up!

July 7 Natures Recyclers: Subterranean Termites and Carpenter Ants

Dini Miller: Entomology and Urban Pest Management Specialist Virginia Tech

  • Get up-close and personal with two of Virginia’s most misunderstood insect species.  Best known to us as invasive pest species and tangible threats to our homes, discover the important ecological role termites and carpenter ants play as nature’s recyclers.  “Unearth” the fascinating life histories of these “social” insects!

July 21 Wonders of Wildwood

Nancy Kent: Naturalist/Photography

  • Witness Nancy Kent’s journey through photos from casual observer to extraordinary naturalist and photographer.  Discover the diversity and beauty of nature through the lens of Nancy’s camera and see how her perception of nature changed as she explored with her camera.

We hope you will come out on Wed. 5/18 at 6:30 p.m. to participate in the Ride of Silence!! We will meet at Sal’s Parking lot.

Please help us to honor and remember those killed or injured while riding on public roadways.

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been hurt or killed while cycling on public roadways. If you can’t ride, please participate by standing along the sidewalks in support of the Ride.

This is a family-friendly event, and children are encouraged to participate (helmets are required). We will have a police escort along the 6.8-mile route and will ride at a slow pace. Though solemn, the group ride is enjoyable and inspirational to even the youngest riders. There is just something cool about being in this quiet, rolling parade.

Co-sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association and Pathways for Radford, the New River Valley ride was first organized in 2008 after the untimely death of Fess Green, local professor and veteran cyclist. This year’s event will follow the same route, traversing Radford’s roads and scenic Riverway, which Fess was instrumental in building. This year we will honor local and visiting cyclists whose lives were cut short or affected by bike-auto crashes in the past year.

Staging will begin in the Sal’s parking lot at 6:30. Armbands will be available to those who wish to wear them.

Schedule of events:

6:30 – staging begins
6:45 – speakers and instructions
6:59 – moment of noise
7:00 – Ride of Silence begins

Participants are invited to gather at Sal’s following the ride.

Due to the storms on Saturday, we have moved our annual Spring Service Day Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration to Sunday, April 17th 2 -4 p.m. Please wear work gloves and bring a shovel.  Park at the 2nd Avenue/Sundell Entrance to Wildwood and walk on the Riverway extension on Sundell to Hickory Drive. We will be planting 5 redbuds and cleaning up the Riverway. We will provide refreshments. All ages welcome but please bring someone in your family with muscles. For more information, call Liz or Wilson at 731-9488 or 239-9379.

Save the Date! April 16th

More information to come! But please save the date for our annual spring service activity for Environmental Awareness Month – Saturday, April 16, 10 am to noon. We will be planting trees and doing clean-up on the Riverway along Sundell Drive.

Wildflower Walk April 9

The NRV chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society in cooperation with Pathways for Radford will be hosting the Annual Wildflower Walk in Wildwood Park on Saturday, April 9th. The public is invited and should meet in the parking circle at the Grove and Main entrance at 9:00 a.m. Come see the spectacular Spring Beauty, Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot and many other emerging species. The walk will be led by our own local wildflower expert, Gary Cote!  For more information and photos of the flowers, go to the Wildwood Park website http://www.radfordpl.org/wildwood/news.html

 

Spring Meeting 3/16/2011

Wednesday, March 16th, at the Side Door (Third and Grove) at 7 p.m.

  • Meet and greet with light libations and refreshments
  • Member News and Announcements
  • Planning for our Spring Arbor Day/Earth Day planting and service day -Wilson Rankin
  • Proposal from Bike Virginia 2011 – Katherine Van Noy
  • Ride of Silence 2011 – Laurie Buchwald

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