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Connect with Nature at Wildlife Sunday, April 20

Falconer Jennifer Pena (pictured with a saker falcon), from Flight of the Raptor, will present a fascinating look into the lives of birds of prey during Union County’s 18th Annual Wildlife Sunday at Trailside Nature & Science Center on April 20
Falconer Jennifer Pena (pictured with a saker falcon), from Flight of the Raptor, will present a fascinating look into the lives of birds of prey during Union County’s 18th Annual Wildlife Sunday at Trailside Nature & Science Center on April 20 from 12 – 5 p.m. The fee for this event is $3 per person; children ages six and younger are admitted free. For more information about Wildlife Sunday or upcoming events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Imani Hudson, age six, of Hillside, gets up close with wildlife as she holds a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the annual Wildlife Sunday event hosted at Trailside Nature & Science Center last year
Mountainside – Imani Hudson, age six, of Hillside, gets up close with wildlife as she holds a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the annual Wildlife Sunday event hosted at Trailside Nature & Science Center last year. This year visitors are invited to meet live hawks, owls and a wolf at the 18th annual Wildlife Sunday on April 20 from noon – 5 p.m. The fee for this event is $3 per person; children ages six and younger are admitted free. For more information about this event or upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The 18th annual Wildlife Sunday will be presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on April 20th from noon – 5:00 p.m.

“On Wildlife Sunday, you can watch live animal demonstrations or take a nature walk,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “We’ll also have lots of children’s activities and exhibits, so kids can learn while having fun!”

Featured this year is “Flight of the Raptor” at 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. Falconer Jennifer Pena will share her knowledge of the natural history of birds of prey, their nesting habits, hunting adaptations, flight patterns and more. Live raptors on display may include saker and peregrine falcons, a Harris’s hawk, an American kestrel, a screech-owl and a gyrfalcon. The indoor presentation will be followed by an awe-inspiring flight demonstration (weather permitting). For those who have never seen these birds up close, this presentation is not to be missed.

Vinnie Reo, of Wolf Visions, will give an illustrated presentation entitled “The Way of the Wolf” at 1:45 p.m. Vinnie will dispel the myths and legends of the “Big, Bad Wolf” and explain the importance of this keystone species in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. After the presentation, you can visit the Wolf Visions display outside to meet a live wolf.

Learn how urban forests protect insect biodiversity at “Green Islands in the City.” Dr. Sylvio Codella of Kean University will give an illustrated presentation focusing on ants, bees and wasps at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Find out how insects find a home in even small green spaces.

Next you can “Reconnect with Nature” with John Burr of Wild Birds Unlimited at 1:00 and 2:45 p.m. Join Mr. Burr as he talks about the disconnection with nature that has become an increasing problem with today’s children. Wild Birds Unlimited and its partners have begun an initiative to reverse this disturbing trend. Gain valuable information on activities, ideas and resources that can be used to reconnect children with the natural world.

At 2:00 p.m., Arline Zatz, author of “Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey” and “New Jersey’s Special Places,” will discuss how to get started in the enjoyable pastime of hiking. Learn when a child is ready to start hiking and find out what items to pack to enhance their experience.

Budding herpetologists can learn all about snakes that are native to New Jersey from a Trailside park naturalist each hour between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Meet a live snake from Trailside’s reptile collection and have all of your snake-related questions answered.

Visitors are encouraged to learn about local conservation efforts at the displays of the Sierra Club and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Additionally, Friends of the Great Swamp, the Greater Watchung Nature Club and the Friends of Lenape Park will provide educational table displays. Wildlife related art and gifts will be available for sale throughout the afternoon.

Children and adults can enjoy a guided nature walk to discover the sights and sounds of spring or join a member of the Greater Watchung Nature Club on a bird-watching walk. Free face painting will be available. Children’s crafts will be offered for an additional fee.

Admission to Wildlife Sunday is $3 per person; children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For information about Wildlife Sunday,
upcoming events at Trailside or for spring and summer program information, please call
(908) 789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside.