Ridges July Programs Highlight the Cockroach Monologues and Joy of Birding

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by in Nature

The Ridges continues its early morning series of Discovery Bird Walks on Saturday, July 7, from 6:30 – 8:30 am and celebrates the world of insects with poet Shelly Clark Geiser on July 9.

Enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and interests can explore birding hot spots in the Baileys Harbor area. Walkers leave from the Marshall cabin at The Ridges. Discovery Bird Walks are free to Ridges members, $5 for the general public. Bird Walks are also scheduled on July 14, 21, and 28.

Shelly Clark Geiser

Shelly Clark Geiser

Are you wondering if cockroaches have ever inspired any emotional response other than a shudder? Well, the answer, surprisingly, is yes. On Monday, July 9, from 2 – 3:30 pm, author Shelly Clark Geiser will read from her book of poems, The Cockroach Monologues. About seven years ago, Geiser read about the loss of insect species around the world. Saddened, she began to research various insects and, the more she researched, the more she fell in love with their beauty and their place in the natural world. The arc of the book goes from light-hearted cockroach patter to more serious poems about lack of habitat and extinction.

In addition to cockroaches, gnats, ants and praying mantises, Geiser was also smitten by the Hine’s Emerald dragonfly – so much so that she donates a third of the purchase price of “The Cockroach Monologues” to The Ridges which protects the largest Hine’s Emerald habitat in Wisconsin. This program is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is required. Call The Ridges to register. Meet at The Ridges Marshall cabin. The fee is $15 per family for Ridges members, $20 per family for the general public. No Family Left Inside activities are supported in part by CellCom’s Green Gifts program.

For questions about these and other Ridges programs and events, call 920.839.2802 or visit RidgesSanctuary.org.

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