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Nature Fest slithers into Fair Park

Snakes featured animals in free event Friday night and Saturday

If it wriggles, crawls or slithers its going to be commemorated Friday evening and Saturday morning into early afternoon at Rockdale’s Fair Park.

El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will host the fourth annual Milam County Nature Festival, with assistance from Texas A&M Agri- Life Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Snakes will be the featured animals for the 2013 event.

Friday features outdoor nature activity and the movie “America’s Endangered Species—Don’t Say Goodbye,” beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday includes activities for all ages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Saturday, there will be presentations by experts several times during the day.

EVENTS—In addition to the film, Friday evening will include outdoor nature activity.

Saturday ongoing events for children will include animal track molds, archeology digs, angler education, nature crafts, face painting and more.

Exhibits and demonstrations include snakes, bees and hives, butterflies, fish habitats, backyard bass, crawdads, Houston toads, pollinators, knapping, native grasses, feral hogs, backyard wildlife, improved wildlife habitats and more.

PRESENTATIONS— Saturday’s expert presentations include:

9:30 a.m. onward—Commander Ben’s Invasive Hunter Academy.

9:30 a. m. Urban Wi ldlife Encounters, Mark Klym, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

10 a.m.—Live snakes presentation, Tim Cole, Austin Reptile Service.

11 a.m.—Snakes of Texas, Dr. Andy Glusenkamp, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

12- noon— Urban Wi ldl i fe Encounters, Mark Klym, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

10:30 a.m.—Feral hogs, John Tomacek, Texas A& M; Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Chris Harper, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.

1 p. m.— Feral hogs, John Tomacek, Texas A& M; Wildlife Habitat Improvement, Chris Harper, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.

2 p.m.—Nature photo contest award ceremony.

The event will be held, rain or shine.


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