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Master Naturalist Course

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do you know what the acronym is for remembering which trees have opposite branching?

Or what trees the acronym stand for?

Last year's Master Naturalist course participants learned that the acronym is "MAD CAT BUCK."

It stands for Maple, Ash, Dogwood, Catalpa, and Buckeye.

Each of those tree species play an important role in Indiana as an excellent source for shelter and food for wildlife with the exception of Ash, since it is currently being impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Last year's Master Naturalist course participants learned about a variety of topics besides tree identification.

They also learned that Indiana's largest watershed is the Wabash River Watershed and that there are an estimated 211 different fish species found in the state.

They learned how to identify invasive plants and develop an understanding of how agriculture has impacted the natural resources around us.

After having such a successful year with last year's Master Naturalist class, I am pleased to announce Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties are offering the program again this fall.

The program involves an eight-week course that covers topics such as birds, insects, plants, soils and water.

The sessions will take place Monday nights from 6-9 p.m., at the Clay County Extension Office in Brazil.

The program begins Aug. 22, and ends Oct. 17.

Speakers for the course include individuals from the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District, a soil scientist, Monarch Waystation Operators, Purdue Master Gardeners and others.

The cost to be involved in the program is $55 and goes toward all class materials and speakers.

Contact the extension office today if you want to be a part of the class.

You may register for the class by contacting the Clay County Extension Office at 448-9041.

Remember that space is limited in the class to the first 15 who sign up.

You must register by Aug. 12.

Taking time out of your busy schedule to appreciate the world around you can be a very exciting activity.

It allows you to increase your knowledge of the world and also appreciate how unique Indiana, our country, the world and Earth really are.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@pur-due.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* July 21 -- Owen County Conservationist Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Owen County Library,

* July 30 -- Hoosier Riverwatch Certification Workshop: Adopt-A-Stream, Bloomington.