Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Free Lectures Offered by VMNH

The public is invited to a free lecture tomorrow, June 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mr. & Mrs. L. Dudley Walker Lecture Hall at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Lee Chichester, a master falconer from Meadows of Dan, will present a lecture on birds of prey. Chichester's talk is presented by the Southwestern Piedmont chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. She will bring her falcon, CJ, and will discuss the differences between falcons, hawks and other local and migratory raptors. Chichester, also a writer and outdoor educator, will speak about the habitat needs of local birds of prey as well.

The chapter will host its next lecture on July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum. Jason Gibson, a Danville biology teacher and nature photographer who has served as president of the Virginia Herpetological Society, will present a lecture on reptiles. The lecture will be followed by an informational session about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program and the activities of the local chapter.

Submitted by Marty Bullins

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