Article Posted: March 21, 2002

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LANSING--The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, on Bush Road
in the Waterloo Recreation Area, announces the following
programs in April. Unlike other programs offered at the
center, these Waterloo Natural History Association-sponsored
programs are $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family. Waterloo
Natural History Association Members are admitted free.
* Waterfowl Tour: Sunday, April 7, 1 to 4 p.m. Take this
self-guided auto tour through the Waterloo Recreation Area
to see migrating waterfowl. Visitors can pick up a tour map
at the Discovery Center and follow the tour route to several
viewing areas in the park. A waterfowl identification expert
equipped with a spotting scope will be present at each
viewing area to assist visitors. Bring binoculars if you
have them.

* Night of the Amphibians: Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m. Come
join naturalists Dorothy Blanchard and Tom Hodgson as they
introduce you to the sights and sounds of the amphibian
world. Live frogs, toads and salamanders will be featured,
along with quivering jelly-like masses of frog and
salamander eggs. The program will conclude with a walk to a
nearby spring pond to experience amphibian voices in the
night. Program Length 90 minutes. Registration is limited
to 25 people.

* Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond: Sunday, April 28, 2
p.m. Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce you to the
fascinating and little known creatures of the spring pond,
from delicate fairy shrimp to fierce, predaceous diving
beetles. You'll also learn how find this creatures yourself
and to "Pour-a- Pond" of your very own. Program length: 90

* Incredible Wild Edibles: Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.
Naturalist Tom Jameson will lead a hike to get you
acquainted with samples from mother natures kitchen. Tom
will share some of his recipes and provide some samples
after the hike. Program length 90 minutes. Registration is
limited to 35 people.

* Woodcock Ramble: Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m. Naturalist Tom
Hodgson will lead a walk to view the fascinating courtship
dance and flight of the American Woodcock, also known as the
"timber doodle." A flashlight is recommended. Program
Length: 90 minutes.

* Nature's Tank, The Turtle: 2:00 p.m. Sunday June 16.
Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce visitors to Michigan's
native turtles, and will feature several live specimens and
artifacts. Visitors will learn about turtle biology and life
cycles, and what to do when turtles are encountered in the
wild. Program length 60 minutes.

Advanced reservations are required. A state park motor
vehicle permit is required for entry. Daily permit $4.00.
Annual permits $20.00. To make reservations call the
Discovery Center at 734-475-3170. To reach the Discovery
Center take I-94 to exit 157, go north and follow the signs.

Source: MDNR

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