FIRE: Nature Nights Start on May 21

The Crane Trust opens its 2014 season of Nature Nights on a very hot topic this Wednesday, May 21, at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center—fire. As the fire season kicks into full swing, Crane Trust senior director and former habitat manager Brice Krohn will lead a timely presentation for the evening, titled "Fire—A Good Friend and a Formidable Foe."

"Managed properly, fire can be an incredibly valuable tool for improving bio-diversity and combating invasive plant species," says Krohn. "We're using it here at the Crane Trust to achieve important conservation goals and objectives that wouldn't be possible any other way. But as we've seen in drought-stricken southern California and other parts of the country, it can also be devastating force."

During his presentation, Krohn will talk about the positive role that prescribed burns are playing along the Platte River and as part of the Crane Trust's comprehensive habitat management program. The veteran fire fighter will also talk about the regional training and resources the Crane Trust is providing to support fire-fighting crews around the country. Visitors will have an opportunity to see some of the different fire equipment and strategies being used to improve habitat and ensure safety firsthand.

The Crane Trust's Nature Nights are open to the public in order to give people who share a love of nature and the outdoors an opportunity to get together and talk about different topics of interest in a casual setting. Regularly scheduled Nature Nights will be held on 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.

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.

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center / 9325 S Alda Road / Wood River, NE 68883 / 308-382-1820