Thursday, January 10, 2013

Things Will be Hopping at Second Saturday

"Froggy went a-courting and he did ride..."  How many learned  this song in school - or from Bob Dylan?  At "Amphibians of Grayson County"   Dr. Michael Keck will describe the natural history of various frogs and salamanders of the area, with photos and recordings of vocalizations.  The program will begin at 10 am on January 12,  in the Visitor Center at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.  Second Saturday nature programs are free of charge and open to the public.

The speaker, Dr. Keck, earned his PhD in Quantitative Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1998.  His research interests primarily were in the physiological ecology and spatial ecology of snakes. Since 2001, Keck has been a professor at Grayson College, where he focuses on teaching.  

For youngsters, ages 5 – 10, the Second Saturday for Youth topic will be Ribbit, Ribbit.  This hands-on nature program will be held in the Audio Visual Classroom at the Refuge and is free of charge, however, Carol Hix, program leader, asks that reservations be made by calling the Refuge, 903 786 2826.  Parents must accompany children who are age 6 and younger.

Also on January 12, the Nature Photography Club will meet at the Refuge, at 12:30 pm in the Audio Visual Classroom.  Participants are invited to brown bag during the meeting; Jim West will give the program on keywording photo files.  In addition, those who wish to share photos with the group may submit one photo in jpg format on the theme for January, “Winter”, to by January 10.

For those new to the area, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, Texas, 75092.  For more information please call the Refuge, 903 786 2826 or visit

NOTE:  The photo of the Tree Frog was taken in the old Visitor Center at the Refuge, where the frog took up residence  for several weeks. (From Refuge File)

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