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Thursday October 7, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
 
Stephen Lyn Bales with Red Tailed Hawk
Stephen Lyn Bales with Red-tailed Hawk

Thursday, October 7 at 7pm EDT – Often you see a bird of prey at a distance or only get a fleeting glimpse. Is that large bird a hawk, an eagle or maybe even an osprey? Join natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales and Michelle Campanis, the UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, for the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on October 7 at 7pm EDT.  In this program you’ll learn some quick tips on identifying East Tennessee’s eagles, vultures, owls, hawks, and falcons. The class is free, and registration is required to receive your Zoom link. The program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available.  Contact Michelle Campanis for questions or registration issues at mcampani@tennessee.edu

Stephen Lyn Bales is a native East Tennessean, naturalist, writer, artist, speaker, and the author of Natural Histories, Ghost Birds and Ephemeral by Nature all published by the University of Tennessee Press. You may contact him at hellostephenlyn@yahoo.com

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Friday October 15, 2021 9:00 AM EDT to 7:00 PM EDT
 

Save the date for our UT Arboretum Fall Plant Sale which will be online again this year due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19. The online catalog will open for shopping on Saturday, September 25th at 10am and close on Friday, October 8 at 5pm EDT. Pickup will be one day only, Friday, October 15 from 9am -6:30pm at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. You will schedule your pickup time on the check-out page – don’t forget to choose a pickup time!! We are excited about welcoming back our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery, East Fork of Sevierville and we are happy to have Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm joining our plant sale for the first time! You may browse the catalog now here but you will not be able to load a cart and check out until shopping opens at 10am on Saturday, September 25. All sales will be online. There will not be any sales on pickup day.

Thursday November 4, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
 
American Coot on log
American Coot

November 4 at 7 p.m. EST With all of our many lakes East Tennessee attracts an array of wintering waterfowl that are only here during the colder months. Join Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum education coordinator, and natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales for the First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom. In this program you’ll learn about a bevy of birds like coots, grebes, gadwalls, buffleheads, mergansers, redheads, little ruddies and many more fun dabblers and divers that can be found floating on our wintertime waters.

This program is free. Closed captions are available and it will be recorded. For questions or registration issues contact Michelle Campanis at mcampani@tennessee.edu

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Thursday December 2, 2021 7:00 PM EST
 
Michelle holding suet feeder and suet cakes

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m. EST Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club to we learn how to make suet cakes for your winter birds!  

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will entertain and teach us via Zoom.  In this program you’ll learn how to make a tasty blend for your feathered friends and answer which seed birds like best. We will also send you a PDF with our suet recipe.

Please register for this free Zoom Program to receive your link.  This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@yahoo.com

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Thursday January 6, 2022 7:00 PM EST
 

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7pm EST on Zoom

There was a time in the late 1800s when birds were under an all-out assault. They were shot to eat, shot for their feathers and simply shot for target practice. Few people knew all the different species they were shooting or realized they were party to bringing several species to the brink of extinction. A grassroots moment to raise awareness was started by conservationist Charles Church of the Church & Dwight Company when he began to insert “Useful Birds of America” trading cards into boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, one of their products. Under the slogan “For the Good of All, Do Not Destroy the Birds” the general public, especially children, began to learn about the birds that lived around them. Over the next century, hundreds of different small cards were produced and given away to avid collectors.

Join Michelle Campanis, education coordinator at UT Arboretum, and natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales for a look at the movement and learn more about some of the bird species on these beautiful bird cards. It’s our First Thursday Supper Club of the New Year via Zoom, January 6 at 7 p.m.  You can have whatever you like for supper and you do not even have to put your shoes on.

The program is free and closed captions are available. Registration is required to receive your Zoom link. Contact Michelle Campanis for any registration questions at mcampani@utk.edu

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Tuesday January 25, 2022 7:00 PM EST
 

Join us for a look at Conservation Fisheries, a non-profit preserving the Southeast’s aquatic biodiversity, as we explore what CFI does, with some history and pictures of the hatchery and field work and fish and cooperators they work with. Our presenter, Pat Rakes is co-director of Conservation Fisheries and has been studying rare fishes since he began his master’s degree project at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1982 studying the distribution and life history of the Barrens Topminnow. This work laid the foundation for efforts that continue today. Pat and J.R. Shute founded CFI just after finishing graduate school projects and both are in awe of how it has grown since then.

Years of maintaining aquaria have led to an appreciation of the art and science (the “wet thumb”) involved in keeping fish alive and healthy (and interested in sex). The rewards of co-directing CFI have not been monetary, but rich in constant learning, studying the life history, ecology, reproductive biology, distribution, and taxonomy of rare fish in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. The snorkeling that was a novel technique for monitoring rare fish 30 years ago never gets old.

This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. The program is free but please register to receive your Zoom link. Closed captions are available. Contact Michelle Campanis for any registration issues at mcampani@utk.edu

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Thursday February 3, 2022 7:00 PM EST
 
Pair of Cedar Wax Wings on Branch kissing or feeding each other

Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club with Love is in the Air on Thursday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. EST as we learn how about avian courtship and pair bonding. Though it is only February, bird courtship has begun. Male birds vie for the attention of the females in a variety of ways. We will explore what all that cooing is about!

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, will entertain and teach us via Zoom what counts for beauty in the avian world. We will look at the courting behavior of many species. Great horned owls are the first to start courtship rituals while cedar waxwings typically do not begin their pair bonding until June.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Please register below. This program will be recorded and sent to all registrants. Closed captioning is available. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at mcampani@utk.edu with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com

Photograph of cedar waxwings courtesy of Mary Glynn Williamson.

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Saturday February 19, 2022 9:00 AM EST
 
Flyer for third saturday hike

It has been almost two years since the UT Arboretum Society has held a Third Saturday Hike due to Covid-19 closings.  The organization is excited to announce the resumption of the hikes beginning February 19th at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, 901 S. Illinois Avenue. Enjoy over 260 acres of forest and trails in this lovely wooded setting.

Our theme for February is a newcomer’s hike. Everyone is welcome to participate in this FREE guided hike. Newcomers to the area, newcomers to the UT Arboretum and newcomers to hiking are encouraged to join as well as previous participants. The hikes have been a staple of the UT Arboretum and UT Arboretum Society for over 13 years This is a great opportunity to “walk off” the food and festivities of the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

No registration is needed. Meet to join the hike that begins at 9am outside the UT Arboretum Visitors Center. The group will then leave for a guided hike that will be around two miles. The Visitors Center will not be open but portable restrooms are available in the parking lot area.  

Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. We aim for this hike to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated as you hike. No pets, please. Due to ongoing research projects on our grounds, we are unable to allow pets.

Tuesday February 22, 2022 7:00 PM EST
 
american chestnut

Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm EST on Zoom – At the University of Tennessee Arboretum we have a trail named “The Lost Chestnut Trail”. There are still American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) stumps on this trail that sprout shoots which die at about 5-7 feet due to the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) which destroyed the majority of the 4 billion American Chestnut trees in the Eastern United States. These magnificent and ancient trees, up to 100 feet tall and 9 feet around, were awe-inspiring, the redwoods of the east coast, but with an added benefit — the nuts were edible. Join us as Stacy Clark, a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service updates us on efforts to restore the American Chestnut. She is based in Knoxville, TN on the University of Tennessee campus where she is Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her research interests span the life cycle of the oak tree from the acorn to old-growth to the whiskey barrel. She currently leads research projects on American chestnut restoration and artificial regeneration of upland oak.

This program which is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will be on Zoom and recorded for those that cannot tune in on February 22nd. The recording will be sent to all who register. Closed captions are available. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis. with any registration issues mcampani@utk.edu

group standing i n front of huge chestnut trunk
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Thursday March 3, 2022 7:00 PM EST
 
male and female bluebird

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm EST on Zoom, Join us with local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales as we learn about these beautiful birds. We’ll start with a video and learn how to build a home for bluebirds and their soon-to-be families.  The bluebird population was in decline 70 years ago until a national movement to create and place bluebird boxes brought them back. This program includes instruction on including special features to suit the bluebirds’ unique needs and provide them the safest home possible on your property.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as Stephen Lyn will entertain and teach us via Zoom on how to construct a bluebird nest box. . A question-and-answer session will follow the educational and “how to” portion of the program.

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

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at hellostephenlyn@gmail.com

bluebird nestbox

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