Fun learning — a natural process at the Earth Day exhibits that covered a nice spectrum of topics for all ages and interests.
So what’s the name of Missouri’s State Soil? Menfro –a brown silt loam, good for farming, provided slope of the land is low.
Monarch Butterflies flutter around Ozarks gardens until they die? Nope. During one period of the year they travel down to Mexico, then later in the year make a return trip.
Same with those cute hummingbirds? Nope, they also make an amazing cross-continent flight before arriving.
The Apr., 18th Earth Day at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery was well worth a visit and it’s hard to believe anyone left disappointed. Visitors could visit stations, each covering a different topic and try some hands-on learning games for adults and kids. There were a variety of topic related hand-outs. Visitors also received a take home starter tree to plant and nurture. There was a sign-up sheet to receive some starter milk weed (food for monarch caterpillars).
It’s the type of public service event the Hatchery excels at — with the help of their corps of volunteers – always fun, always plenty to learn.
Other things of interest included mini-educations about soil, Missouri animals having trouble, how to make fire starters, what lives in water and more.
City of Branson’s Errol Cordell offered a jaw dropping taste test. Cordell, the city’s water treatment operations supervisor, challenged people to try two samples of water – one bottled, one from city tap water – then try to identify which was which. Unless you are a water gourmet, it’s a tough call. Point to the little challenge? Buckets of money are spent for bottled water. The source of that water might well be city water obtained at some distant tap. Cordell also passed out 2013 Department of Natural Resource testing results of Branson water. Water was within safe limits and no violations were reported. They city also performs its own frequent testing. Cordell’s contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Markus with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial sponsored Earth Day along with the hatchery’s Kathy Miller coordinating the day’s events. Markus and Miller are also looking for youths and parents to participate in Woodmen’s free Youth Educational Programs. More about that in May, 2015 street edition of Both Sides of the Bridge.
If you missed Earth Day and would like to see what’s on Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery agenda next, or have questions about nature, wildlife or the local environment, stop by the facility or visit their website: http://mdc.mo.gov/regions/southwest/shepherd-hills-fish-hatchery
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