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Nature Awareness Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018

Stone Head Nature Preserve

(5 miles south of SR 46 on SR 135 in beautiful Brown County, Indiana)

Saturday, May 19th

8:00 a.m. Charles E. Russell Bird Hike – Join Stone Head Conservancy President Mike Kelley and Vice President Jeff Riegel for the opening bird walk through the Nature Preserve.

Download and print the Official SHNP 2018 Bird Checklist v.3.2.

Taking a culmen (exposed bill) measurement on a Northern Cardinal

10:00 a.m. The How and Why of Bird Banding – Dr. Jim Hengeveld, Dr. Susan Hengeveld, and Jeff Riegel demonstrate bird banding, up close with our feathered friends.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch break – On your own. Bring a picnic lunch or explore the local offerings in Nashville and around Brown County.

1:00 p.m. Flying Dragons – Dr. Leslie Bishop introduces you to the Preserve’s dragonflies and damsel flies.

3:00 p.m. Flutterbyes – Jeff and Sandy Belth help you find the butterflies that call Stone Head Nature Preserve home.

5:00–7:00 p.m. Dinner Break – On your own.

7:00 p.m. Frog Walk – The Frog Ranch Dude himself, Geoff Keller, leads you on this discovery of frogs, their habitats, and their habits.

9:30 p.m. Night Skies – An interpretive look at the night skies over Brown County with Phil Kelly. (Weather dependent, of course.)


Download a printable PDF copy. Click here >>>  NAW 2018 Schedule


Sunday, May 20th

Jim and Susan Hengeveld doing a bird survey at Stone Head Nature Preserve

7:00 a.m. Stone Head Nature Preserve Bird Survey – Members of the Zimmerman Wetlanders and our Board of Directors show you how we tally bird species, and numbers of each, as we have been doing every month for over eight years.


SHNP 2018 Bird Checklist v.3.2.


10:00 a.m. The How and Why of Bird Banding, The Sequel – Here’s another chance to get a close-up look at bird banding.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch Break – On your own.

1:30 p.m. For the Health of It! – SHC Director Jan Kelley and SHC member Dawn Slack walk with you as you see the sights and hear the sounds of the Preserve on this easy to moderate tour.


Download a printable PDF copy. Click here >>>  NAW 2018 Schedule


For the enjoyment and safety of all attendees, please note the following:

• Schedule is subject to change. ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

• Please dress for the weather (e.g., rain, sunshine), as conditions are highly variable, especially at this time of year. Bringing wading boots, windbreaker, a hat or cap, and layers recommended.

• Remember the insect repellant and sunscreen.

• Your well-behaved dog, on a leash at all times, is welcome at the Preserve, but is NOT allowed at the presentations or on guided walks.

• Food is not provided at the Preserve. A portable toilet will be available.