FREE Nature Walks In West Fairmount Park!

by Mandy Katz

Free Natural History Programs are continuing in West Fairmount Park this summer and fall. Moth Night was a big success on July 23rd. A group of scientists, neighbors, and insect lovers met at Concourse Lake as the sun went down. We illuminated a section of the area with ultra violet light, set up a screen and baited trees with a sugary mixture. Many night time insects were attracted to these baits. Entomologist Ken Frank who wrote the book Natural History of Center City Philadelphia was on hand and identified many of our insect guests for all gathered.

He was surprised at the great number and diversity of species of insects active in the park at night as compared to those one can see in Center City. It was a lot of fun. Please see our blog: https://ecologyofwestpark.wordpress.com/ to see observations of the wildlife in West Park.

The next group field trip will be September 19th at 10 am. Fall Flora of the park will be another plant walk led by David Hewitt. Meet at Concourse Lake on Belmont Avenue and wear comfortable walking shoes. All are invited so help spread the word! If you have suggestions for activities, walks, or lessons you think we should organize, please contact Mandy Katz at ranmapushkin@yahoo.com or call 215-382-4977.

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