Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Saturdays focus on nature at Blennerhassett Island

PARKERSBURG - Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is the setting for a series of nature programs in 2013 focusing on the area's native plant and wildlife.  The nature of an island is generally contained except for when materials or perople arrive by boat, by swimming, or through flight.  History reflects man and animal presence on the island since the Ice Age.  The Ohio River, which surrounds Blennerhassett Island, contributes to the Island's natural history. 
The walks or activities are from 2-3:15pm and are hosted by the Parkersburg/Marietta area master naturalists chapter known as the "Nature Nuts."  There is no charge to attend the interpretative activity.  There is a charge for transportation to the island on the Island Belle sternwheeler.  Tickets for the boat ride are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History on the corner of 2nd Street and Juliana in Parkersburg.
Here's the schedule:
June 8: "All About BIrds"
July 6: "Trees Have Feet Too" and more tree surprises
Aug 3: "Make a Bird Nest"
Sept 7: "Bugs, Bugs, Bugs" and they are busy, busy, busy!
Oct 5: "Life in the River" - Fish, mussels, river ecology. etc.

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