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Friends of Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling event to be held May 10th, 2014

 

Dunbar Cave State Park - Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – The Friends of Dunbar Cave have announced the schedule for this year’s Spring Fling event to be held (rain or shine) on May 10th, 2014.  All activities begin at the Visitor’s Center and are free of charge.  Snacks will be provided for a modest donation. Children must supervised by an adult.

Come out and enjoy a day of free, family fun.

Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave's Spring Fling

Reptiliacs at Dunbar Cave’s Spring Fling

Come see native birds of prey up close with Raptors with Wings to Soar (formerly SOAR) having to shows.  APSU Botanists will lead a hike and identify wildflowers and plants.

Duane Rice of the Middle Tennessee region of the Tennessee Bluebird Society will be giving a program about hosting Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity nesting species in the area.

The also popular local reptile experts, Sherry and Donny Howell will show their native and exotic snakes and other reptiles.  Paul Schwab of the local chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association will lead a hike and provide valuable pointers for day hiking in our region.

And to close out the day, participants will be able to canoe Swan Lake – this is the only time canoes are allowed on the lake, so come out and enjoy this special event.

Sponsored by: Friends of Dunbar Cave, Warioto Audubon Chapter, Tennessee Trails Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee State Parks.

All activities begin at the Visitor Center and are Free of Charge.

Event will be held Rain or Shine. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Activity Schedule

Wildflower/Plant Walk

9:00am-10:30am

Austin Peay State University botanists will lead you on a hike to appreciate the abundant wild flowers & other plants found in the park. (NOTE: This program may overlaps with the 1st raptor program, but there is a 2nd one at 12:30pm.)

Raptors with Wings to Soar (formerly SOAR)

10:30am-11:20am

Wings to Soar (formerly named SOAR) will give an educational program showing various native birds of prey. They will tell about each bird & its personal history, describe its species & how it fits into the natural world. Several of the birds are flighted which should make for some lively audience encounters. (Program repeated at 1:30pm)

Bluebirds in Your Backyard

11:30am-12:20pm

Duane Rice, President of the Middle Tennessee region of the Tennessee Bluebird Society will give a program about hosting Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity nesting species on your property. Duane and his Bluebird “trails” have been featured on Tennessee Wildside on NPT.

Raptors with Wings to Soar

12:30pm-1:20pm

Wings to Soar will provide an educational program showing various birds of prey (raptors) such as hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures and owls. This program segment repeat the program provided at 10:30am.

Snakes and Reptiles

1:30pm-2:20pm

Sherry & Donny Howell, local reptile experts, & their Reptiliac friends show you native & exotic snakes & other reptiles. Learn why these gentle creatures are so important to our ecology.

Trail Hike with Paul Swab

2:30pm-3:45pm

Paul Swab, member of Clarksville’s Tennessee Trails Association, will lead us on a hike on the park’s trails. He can provide valuable pointers for day-hiking in our region.

Canoeing

2:30pm-4:45pm

Enjoy the beauty of Swan Lake and Dunbar Cave State Natural Area from a canoe. Canoes, paddle and life jackets provided for brief excursions on the lake. Sign-up will begin earlier in the day.


About Blayne Clements

    Blayne Clements

    I am a 30 something graduate from Austin Peay State University, where I graduated in 1997 with two majors (Accounting and Finance). I am a very happily married man, with one beautiful daughter. I enjoy a professional life of public service and a personal life of travel, reading, music, and always trying to learn from others.

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