Meeting Time: 2:15 PM
Meeting Place: Inside Long Hunter State Park office
Hike Distance: No hiking involved
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Program Leaders: Richard Connors, Kim Sadler and the Friends of Long Hunter State Park
April 26th is the annual Earth Day celebration at Long Hunter State Park. The Friends of Long Hunter will host several free hikes and presentations throughout the day. These two events - the Dragonflies/Damselflies program and the "Getting to Know Cedar Glades" presentation - will take place inside the park office during the afternoon session.
Those attending these two presentations are also welcome to stay for Earth Day campfire event at 6 p.m. You can get more information on the festival at https://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark
Here are times and descriptions for these two presentations:
The Odes: Dragonflies & Damselflies: Saturday, April 26th at 2:15 PM
The Odonates - better known as dragonflies and damselflies - are a fascinating group of insects. Field biologist Richard Connors, our guest speaker, has been photographing and studying these creatures for many years. With multifaceted eyes and colorful bodies, some are described as “flying jewels”. There are over 150 species of “Odes” found in Tennessee. This program will show a sampling from across the state and alert you to what might be found right here at Long Hunter. Meet inside the park office.
* photos courtesy of Richard Connors (http://www.pbase.com/rconnorsnaturephoto/tennessee_odonata)
Getting to Know Cedar Glades: Saturday, April 26th at 3:30 PM
Long Hunter is well known for its rare cedar glade habitat. But what exactly is a cedar glade? This presentation will focus on building general public understanding about cedar glades and interactively share reasons why and how to appreciate this unique ecosystem. Leading our discussion will be Middle Tennessee State University biology professor Kim Sadler, who is also co-director of the Center for Cedar Glade Studies at MTSU. Meet inside the park office.
These are all-ages events; kids are welcome. No pets, please.
The Long Hunter Earth Day Festival is organized and sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park (http://friendsoflonghunter.com).
Directions to Long Hunter State Park office:
Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and take the first right, which is the park office.
For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked]-2422.