Hello, all and welcome to Naturalist Niche, my weekly extension of my quarterly article from our newsletter Foxfire. My name is Amber Hoffman and I am the naturalist for Appanoose County Conservation Board. Each week I will be updating you the public what events and happens that are coming up or have happened. With Labor Day Weekend just days away, the staff here are working to get the parks mowed and cleaned up for campers and visitors. The rain that we received on Sunday sure perked the grass and plants up enough to grow and need a hair-cut. Believe me we are not complaining about having to mow, it is a good sign that everything is hanging in there in this hot weather. We are still watering the trees that were planted in the fall of 2010 at Lelah Bradley Park and Reserve, as well as at the Morgan Cline Sports Complex. We lost a few over the winter, but we tree-spaded in others to take there spot. They are hanging in there.
Our next big event is going to be next Saturday the 8th of September at Sharon Bluffs State Park called Animal Olympics. Participants are going to be competing in different animal events, to find out if they are the fastest cheetah, have the lungs of a fish, or have are best leap frog. These are just some of the events to compete in. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish at noon. This is an event that we need participants to pre-register, so we know how many different events we will be able to do and have the medals ready to be awarded. Call that Appanoose County Conservation Board office at (641)856-8528 or my cell-phone number is (641)895-7499. Please leave a message with your name, participants name and age and number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please wear clothes that can get dirty or wet. Fliers are also going to be up around the community.
Lastly, I would like to invite you all to Saturday Night Movie at the Bluffs on Saturday the 8th of September beginning at sunset in the camp-ground. We will be watching A Bugs Life. Bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the movie out under the stars. And above all we can’t have a movie without popcorn and who knows maybe even some s’mores too.
Don’t be a stranger, get outside and enjoy your local parks. I’m out walking the trails at Lelah Bradley almost every night, don’t be afraid to stop me and say, “Hello.”