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Next Saturday: CF Walk and Red-shoulder Nest Visit

P1000172Fyke Nature Association is presenting a free walk on Saturday, June 4, at 8 a.m., followed by a visit to the Red-shoulder nest from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All participants will receive a newly updated full-color Celery Farm brochure/trail map.

Note: We suggest wearing long sleeves, long pants, socks and shoes to reduce the chances of ticks.

The 86-minute walk, open to nature lovers of all ages and abilities, are designed to acquaint more people with the 107-acre Celery Farm.

After the walk, we will visit the Kempeys, who are hosting the Red-shoulder nest this year -- three nestlings!

You can also participate in just the nest visit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet in the Franklin Turnpike parking lot for nest visit at 9:30 a.m. (Do not park on the sidewalk -- against the law.)

The walk begins at the end of Green Way (a right turn off of northbound Franklin Turnpike, just before Crescent Avenue).  (Directions are in the left-hand column.)

E-mail Jim Wright here to rsvp or get more info. Check this blog,, for updates, last-minute weather advisories for the walk, and directions to the Celery Farm and Green Way.

We hope to see you on Saturday. Listing follows.

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Tonight: Jerry Barrack's Talk and Slide Show

The final Fyke meeting of 2015-16 features an illustrated talk by Jerry Barrack. The legendary nature photographer, generous friend of Fyke and all-around good guy will show what amounts to a greatest hits album of his amazing nature photos and videos from the Celery Farm, Africa and Florida.

See why he is the dean of Celery Farm nature photography.

The talk is free and open to all!

A reception for Jerry will follow his presentation, so please plan on sticking around afterward. As Stiles Thomas likes to say, "Only a fool would miss this show."

Here's the info:

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Last Week's Monday Mystery Solved

DSCN9983-001Last week, I asked: Why does this look familiar?

What is it, where is it, and who carved it?

The answer is: It is a Belted Kingfisher silhouette, cut into the bench at Troop 59 Look Out!

The craftsman was Ken Buxton, who has volunteered at the Celery Farm for years, including helping Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and me repair Wood Duck boxes. (Thanks, Ken!)

Congrats to Deedee B. and Ginny C., who ID'd the bench and the species....