On Friday, Aug. 11, from 10-11 a.m. Berkshire Botanical Garden will kick off its “Animals in August” program with “Birds of Prey,” presented by wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. Tom will share the natural history of birds of prey, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors, and inspire children to appreciate, respect, and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.
“Animals August” will run Fridays and Saturdays in August (and one selected Thursday), and will feature eight family- friendly programs that range in subject matter from building fairy houses to spinning angora wool. The schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: A workshop/demonstration provides a hands-on opportunity for families to create Fairy Houses, with all materials included.
- Friday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Spinning Angora Rabbit Wool workshop where participants will learn to harvest angora wool and try spinning it into yarn.
- Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Learn about worms and how to make worm composting bins in a journey into the world of underground botany in a workshop/demonstration, Worm Houses.
- Thursday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Wet Felting with Sheep Wool — a workshop/demonstration teaching the importance of wool, including carding sheep wool to create a felted project to take home.
- Friday, Aug. 25, 10-11 a.m: Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County with Tom Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College on . The illustrated talk will include methods of identifying snakes, a bit about their biology, and interesting information about their behaviors.
- Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Bee Houses, a workshop/demonstration that will provide an overview of the life of bees through an observation box. Participants will make bee condos to take home.
Animals in August programs are appropriate for all ages and are offered free to Garden members and children under 12, and to non-members with admission to the Garden. Berkshire Botanical Garden is located at 5 West Stockbridge Road, (Routes 102/183) Stockbridge. For additional information, visit berkshirebotanical.org or call (413) 320-4794.