Program for nature lovers

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One of mine and Carole’s favorite pleasures is to walk the woods in spring and enjoy the abundance of native wildflowers. In just a few days they will begin emerging from their winter nap in all their glorious beauty. Many of them will only last a few days or week at most. It can be breathtaking to see the forest floor carpeted in such beauty. Well, this Thursday, March 13, 2014 you have an opportunity to get an early peak of wildflowers at 7:00 PM at the Trimble County Extension Office. Join us for a live webinar with Thomas Barnes, University of Kentucky, Wildlife Extension Professor. Thomas Barnes is a noted nature photography expert.
Take a fascinating journey across Kentucky with Thomas Barnes in search of our spring ephemeral wildflowers. In this session you will learn about the timing of blooming periods as well as the ecology behind the short-lived nature of these beautiful flowers. Other topics covered will be where these species occur, which soil types, slopes, aspects, and whether they are common or rare. Plant families will also be discussed which should help individuals identify these flowers. A good companion book to follow along with the images and discussion is the Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis.
Following Thomas Barnes’ program, I will be discussing some of the native wildflowers I have photographed in Trimble County.
Take the time in the next few weeks to bend the knee and really look at these beauties in the woods. You won’t regret it!
Other Upcoming special interest sessions:
March 17, 2014 – Website Design (6:00-8:00PM): Many people use a website to post recipes, family histories, promotes their business or to share their photos. County Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth Development, Ralph Hance will walk you through the step-by-step process of developing a webpage at the Trimble
March 24, 2014 – Digital Photo Storage and Management (6:00-8:00 PM): What do you do with all the digital nature photos, or just any photos, you have taken. How do manage and store your photos. During this session, I will discuss a number of photo management programs including iCloud storage. Again this program will be at the Trimble County Extension Office.
For more information on any program, call the Trimble County Extension Office at 502-255-7188.
 Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Michael Pyles is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture.