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Earth Day celebration will be held at Reed Creek Park

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

Keep Columbia County Beautiful and area businesses are joining forces to hold events designed to bring awareness to Earth-friendly services offered in the county.

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An Earth Day celebration will be held Saturday at Reed Creek Interpretive Center, Keep Columbia County Beautiful Coordinator Jenny Hinton said.

Among the day's activities are a bird walk, butterfly release and live animal demonstrations. Various vendors will be on site, and crafts for children will be offered.

Events will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The hour-long bird walk will start at 8:30 a.m., said Laura Beltran, the education coordinator at Reed Creek, who will lead the walk.

"We will start at Reed Creek Park to search and listen for birds, then drive to the Savannah Rapids Pavilion area to search for birds," Beltran said. "We will be searching for various songbirds, waders, birds of prey and waterfowl."

Participants must bring their own binoculars.

Children's story time will start at 11 a.m., followed by the butterfly release at 11:30. Turtle enthusiast Jeff Miles will lead a turtle demonstration at noon. Staff from the Savannah River Ecology Lab will hold a demonstration with reptiles and amphibians at 1 p.m.

"My main hope is that between KCCB and our vendors, we can give attendees an understanding about our collective mission to offer recycling options, green cleaning alternatives, organic lawn care alternatives and overall green efforts that folks may not realize are available in our area," Hinton said.

For information, call Hinton at (706) 312-7195.



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