Wood River, Neb—What do bees, beetles, butterflies, and Beethoven have in common? You'll find them all on center stage next Wednesday night, June 18th, at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. It is, after all, a bugs' world, according to amateur entomologist and bug enthusiast Chris Aubushon of Grand Island.
Aubushon's talk will feature the life cycle of insects, how they're identified, and the roles they play in keeping the prairie ecosystem healthy. Native pollinators are a key tool in reinvigorating the native grasses and wildflowers. Without them the grasslands can become fragmented, less productive, and unable to support the diversity of life that makes them so attractive to wildlife—and people!
The Crane Trust's Nature Nights are open to the public and organized to give people who love nature and the outdoors an opportunity to get together and learn about different topics of interest in a casual setting...and have fun! Nature Nights are held the third Wednesday of the month at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center.
The evening's activity will begin with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the featured speaker and discussion from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend just the presentation if they wish. The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is located just south of I-80, at the Alda Exit, #305, 7 miles west of the I-80 / Hwy 281 interchange.
Guests participating in the potluck dinner are asked to bring a dish to share and a beverage of their choice. Iced tea, plates, glasses and utensils will be provided.
The Crane Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and maintenance of critical habitat for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River through leading science, habitat management, community outreach, and education.