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Indiana Master Naturalist Class

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Do you know how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly?

How about between a Monarch and a Viceroy?

Last year's Master Naturalist participants learned that a moth has dull colors, wings that rest at their sides, and a feathered or pointed antennae, while a butterfly has bright colors, wings that rest together and upright with straight and clubbed antennae.

To tell a Monarch from a Viceroy, they learned to look for the horizontal black stripe on the hind wing.

If it has the horizontal black stripe, then it is a Viceroy.

During last year's Master Naturalist course, participants learned about a variety of topics other than about how to identify a monarch butterfly.

They also learned that Indiana's largest watershed is the Wabash River Watershed.

They learned how to identify invasive plants and developed 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 that Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties are offering the program again this fall.

This program involves an eight-class course that covers topics such as birds, insects, plants, geology and water.

The sessions will take place Tuesday nights, from 6-9 p.m., at the Owen County Extension Office in Spencer.

A few classes will take place on Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m.-noon, while some will take place on location, including the Owen Putnam State Forest and McCormick's Creek State Park.

The program starts Aug. 21, and will end Oct. 2.

Speakers for the courses include the District Forester, Manager of the Owen Putnam State Forest, Purdue Master Gardeners and others.

The cost to be involved with 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 this class.

You can register for this class by contacting the Owen County Extension Office at 812-829-5020.

Remember that space is limited in this class to the first 15 that signup.

You must register by Aug. 15.

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@purdue.edu.

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

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* July 15-21 -- Owen County 4-H Fair,

* Aug. 3-19 -- Indiana State Fair, and

* Aug. 21 -- Start of the Indiana Master Naturalist Course, 6-9 p.m. Call 812-829-5020 if you want to sign. Cost is $55.