National Public Lands Day September 26

This Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day and the day the Friends of Turkey Run and Shades have committed to eradication of honeysuckle, autumn olive and other invasive species in Turkey Run's back country.  Come prepared to work. Bring water, lunch, insect spray, work gloves and tools if you have them._loppers, hand pruners, shovels ​and similar tools.
We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Nature Center at Turkey Run.


Do you remember hearing Whip-poor-wills calling all night long, or flushing coveys of Bobwhite quail while driving along a country road? At the next Friends of Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks meeting on September 17th, Alan Bruner, Chair of the Friends of Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks, will present a powerpoint program concerning changes in populations of some of our bird friends that we grew up with but are now rare and/or difficult to find. Ten bird species that were once easily found in our area through the 1980’s will be highlighted while discussing their status now and in years past, as well as possible and probable biological and behavioral reasons for their decline. The Bobwhite, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Wren, and Northern Mockingbird were among those bird species experiencing catastrophic population crashes after the “Blizzard of 1978”. Why is the Bobwhite the only one that has not recovered? Hopefully we can all gain some insight into such questions through sharing our experiences with these old friends.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. at the Turkey Run Inn and we can reminisce about Bullbats, Prairie Doves, and Butcherbirds – and Oh Yes – Goatsuckers!