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Thursday April 7, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
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In early April, our hummingbirds will return to East Tennessee from their winter vacations. Let’s welcome them back with fresh feeders and lots of native flowering plants.  Join local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for a look at these beautiful birds at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on April 7 at 7 p.m. EDT.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as Stephen Lyn will entertain and teach us via Zoom  about these tiny birds’ life histories and how you can fill your backyard with everything they need.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link.  This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

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Tuesday April 19, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
Hog-Nosed Snake
Hog-nosed snake – photo by Don Hazel

Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm EDT on Zoom – As spring approaches we look forward to getting back outside. Understanding what we may encounter outside helps us be safe and prepared. Snakes are often misunderstood so join us to learn about our 32 species of snakes in Tennessee including the 4 venomous species, where they live, what they eat, and how to identify them.  There will be no live animals but plenty of photos to learn about these fascinating animals.

Our presenter is Don Hazel. Don has always had an interest in nature. He writes a twice monthly nature column for the Glade Sun and Crossville Chronicle Newspapers. Don is the President of the Tennessee Bluebird Society,  a member of the Friends of the Trails organization, and President of the Fairfield Glade Fly Fishing Club.

Don and his wife Nancy are retired and have lived in Fairfield Glade, near Crossville Tennessee for 16 years. Previously he lived in five other states while working for large corporations.

This program will be recorded and the recording sent to all who register. Closed captions will be available. For questions or issues with your registration please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis –

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Thursday April 28, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
Cover photo of book showing tree frogs, whale , and bird

Join us via Zoom with author, scientist and professor David George Haskell. He will discuss how listening to the world around us – whether in the city, a natural area, or to music through our earbuds – can connect us to the living world. This free program is cosponsored with the UT Arboretum Society by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Oak Ridge Public Library. Closed captions will be available.

His latest book, Sounds Wild and Broken, writer and biologist David Haskell, explores the story of sound on Earth. Starting with the origins of animal song and traversing the whole arc of Earth history, he illuminates and celebrates the emergence, diversification, and loss of the sounds of our world, including human music and language. His previous books, The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees are acclaimed for their integration of science, poetry, and rich attention to the living world. Among their honors include the National Academies’ Best Book Award, John Burroughs Medal, finalist for Pulitzer Prize, Iris Book Award, Reed Environmental Writing Award, National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature, and runner-up for the PEN E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Haskell received his BA from the University of Oxford and PhD from Cornell University. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Find him at and on social media @DGHaskell (Twitter), DavidGeorgeHaskell (Instagram and Facebook).

Contact Michelle Campanis, University of Tennessee Arboretum Education Coordinator, with questions or registration issues.

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Thursday May 5, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
Saw-whet owl
Saw-whet Owl photo by Clare Dattilo

Thursday, May 5, on Zoom – 7pm Eastern Time Zone The highest elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains are like another world. The environment is more like Canada than the Tennessee Valley. Consequently, you find different birds there in the summer, species like raven, saw-whet owl, peregrine falcon, black-capped chickadee and many more. Come explore this special environment with us and the wildlife that lives there.

Join Michelle Campanis, education coordinator at UT Arboretum, and local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a look at the birds of the high country in their May First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom. The program is free and will be recorded and sent to all who register. Closed captions are available. You can have whatever you like for supper and you do not even have to put your shoes on. Please note this program is Eastern Time Zone.

Stephen Lyn Bales is the author of Natural Histories, Ghost Birds and Ephemeral by Nature all published by the University of Tennessee Press. He may be contacted at

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