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Nature lectures scheduled at learning center Nature lectures scheduled at learning center
Jason Williams will give seagrass talk Jason Williams will give seagrass talk
Dr. Selma Glasscock will give leacture on bird research Dr. Selma Glasscock will give leacture on bird research
Workshop will include bird banding Workshop will include bird banding
CORPUS CHRISTI -

There is a lot of nature to explore and learn about here in the coastal bend. That's one of the reasons why this is a great place to live and why we attract lots of tourists. And the new learning center at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve is providing lots of opportunities to learn all about the fascinating natural world that that surrounds us. Work crews are still putting the finishing touches on the new learning center but it's already providing lots of recreational activities and educational programs for youngsters.
 
The center also provides lectures and workshops that are geared toward adults. Thursday evening April 21st, marine research specialist Jason Williams, who is with the Center for Sportfish Science & Conservation at A&M-Corpus Christi, will give a lecture about seagrass here in the coastal bend. and Sara Jose, the recreation coordinator at the learning center, says Williams definitely knows the subject. she says, "he did his thesis work in sea grasses here, and he's gonna talk about the importance of their habitat in our region, the animals that live there, and give you an underwater view of what's going on when you see all those grasses under the causeways in our local waterways."
  
 Then the next night, Friday evening April 22nd,  Dr. Selma Glasscock, the assistant director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation, kicks off a workshop with a talk about conducting bird research here in South Texas. The workshop itself gets underway early the next day with a demonstration of various bird capture techniques. They'll actually set up a mist net, capture some birds, and put bands on them.  Jose says, "It's going to be very hands-on, so people won't actually get to touch the birds themselves, but she'll be bringing them over to you and really giving people a hands-on feel for what's going on in bird research in our area."

These are both great opportunities to learn about our natural world here in the coastal bend first-hand, from the experts who know it best. Here's a link for more information about lectures and workshops at the preserve, http://www.cctexas.com/government/parks-recreation/parks-development/oso-bay-wetlands-preserve/index 

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