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Birders and nature enthusiasts will visit Heron Pond, a state nature preserve. The cypress swamp is one of the destinations for nature hikes. Photo by Chris Young.

Annual Cache River Nature Fest will be held June 4

May 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

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The 10th Annual Cache River Nature Fest will be held June 4 at the Cache River Wetland Center.

Programs include guided hikes and tours for people of all ages and abilities from the casual wildlife watcher to the expert birder.

Rain or shine; all programs will take place at the Cache River Wetlands Center and include guided canoe tours, hikes, live bird demonstrations, native plant and animal exhibits.

Hikes are designed to include prime locations along the Cache River.

This unique area harbors over 250 species, from birds and river otters to turtles and frogs, providing opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Visitors will gain familiarity of native plant and animal species on a nature hike at Heron Pond lead by naturalists John and Martha Schwegmen.

If amphibians and reptiles are your interest, check out the “Happy Herping” exhibit to learn about snakes and their valuable role in the Cache. 

For those with a creative side, Dr. Michael Jeffords and Susan Post will take visitors on a quest to develop a personal Cache River Nature Journal.

“Creating a Cache Nature Journal” begins with a one hour instruction on the skills and techniques for creating an illustrated nature journal and two hours in the field practicing these skills (pre-registration is required so be sure to book a slot in advance).

Other activities for families include the Ecological Fitness Trail, Hummingbird Banding, and a Birds of Prey show.

Kids can take part in the “Take the Cache Challenge” by completing certain tasks while at Nature Fest to earn a “one of a kind” patch.

The day will conclude with food, music and fun at the Gambit in Vienna.

The featured band for the evening is The Rural Kings, a local quintet featuring a mix of bluegrass, originals, swing, and Americana.

For more information, please contact the Cache River Wetland Center at (618) 657-2064.

For a listing of other programs and activities scheduled for 2011, visit and click on Events Calendar, visit and click on 2011 Calendar of Events, or

All events are sponsored by the Cache River Wetlands Joint Venture Partnership

All programs are free to the public.

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