Audubon Society program at Pokagon SP, Nov. 21

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Press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Audubon Society program at Pokagon SP, Nov. 21

(November 8, 2010) – The Pokagon State Park Nature Center will host the Stockbridge Chapter (Northeast Indiana) of the National Audubon Society’s monthly meeting on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. After a brief business meeting, a special program will be given. Both are free and open to the public.

The program will be “The Spotted Turtle in Southwest Michigan.” Park interpreter Diana Lutz will share her research and findings on this rare turtle, which is semi-aquatic, small and colorful, shy and timid. This turtle is a threatened species in Michigan and endangered in Indiana. Lutz used radio telemetry over her 2 ½ year of study to track these turtles and follow their life cycles.

As a bonus, Dave Messmann of Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will share the zoo’s volunteer work of helping turtles rescued from this summer’s oil spill on the Kalamazoo River.

Although the programs are free and open to all, the normal park entrance fee of $5 for in-state vehicles or $7 for out-of-state vehicles will be charged. For further information, call (260) 833-2012.

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