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Prairie Heritage Center programs

Monday, July 23, 2012

SUTHERLAND - Did you know that rubber comes from trees or that glass comes from sand? Do you know what happens to your trash after it's thrown away?

This is just a few of the things children ages eight through 13 will discover during the "Trash Detectives" children's day held on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the O'Brien County Prairie Heritage Center near Sutherland.

The day will be filled with children learning about where "stuff" comes from and where it goes after it's tossed. Using literature like "The Lorax and The Wartville Wizard," and other books, children will be able to actively participate in learning through skits. They will get to race to see who can be the fastest at sorting recyclable material and then learn about landfills through another fun activity.

Bring your children to this free program at the Prairie Heritage Center five miles southeast of Sutherland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2 with a sack lunch to enjoy this fun-filled day.

The O'Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to bring another special speaker to the Prairie Heritage Center.

Roy Behrens, Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar, will be presenting Animal Camouflage: Nature's Game of Hide and Seek at the Prairie Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. The special event is free and of interest to people of all ages.

The fast paced and richly illustrated 45 minute presentation will provide an overview of how "protective coloration" (or animal camouflage) contributes to the survival of animals in the wild. Many animals from mammals to birds to insects and more depend on camouflage.

The discussion touches on contributions from the viewpoint of wildlife professionals but also looks at surprising discoveries by visual artists, such as Abbott H. Thayer and Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

It provides a range of examples including phenomena like background matching, countershading, disruptive coloration, and mimicry. Most of the animals discussed are found in the Midwest. Illustrated by photographs, paintings and demonstrations, this program addresses the interests of a wide audience.

By the end of the talk, many will have a new awareness of the puzzling, deceptive (and sometimes humorous) forms that are found in their own backyard.

Behrens has been described as one of the most "original thinkers in design" and was nominated for a Smithsonian Award in 2003.

This is a presentation that you won't want to miss.

For more information, contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200.

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