Thursday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. EST on Zoom – Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club as we learn how to build a roost box for a screech-owl. Eastern screech-owls are the smallest owls that live in the woods around us. Like any animal they need food, water and shelter. Since screech owls are nocturnal, they look for a hollow tree or other safe place to roost during the day and raise their young. We will show you some of the important features needed to provide safe habitat when you build a roost box. There will be a question and answer session after the “how to” program. A PDF of the Screech Owl Box plans will be sent to all those that register for the class. Local naturalist, Stephen Lyn Bales, and UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, will lead this how-to program.
This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or registration issues.
To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at email@example.com
Tuesday, August 17, 7pm EST on ZOOM: Ranavirus can cause severe infections in amphibians, reptiles (including box turtles), and fish. It has a mortality rate of 90% to 100%, and there is currently no treatment. Join us as Dr. Matt Allender, director of the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab at the University of Illinois, will discuss his work in connection with the ranavirus in a free Zoom program cosponsored by TCWP, the UT Arboretum Society, and the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization of East Tennessee (CRESO).
Dr. Allender is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian who received his DVM from the University of Illinois in 2004, and completed a residency in Zoological Medicine at the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville Zoo. He then joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and jointly completed a PhD, studying the epidemiology of ranavirus in free-ranging turtles. He currently teaches, performs research, and provides clinical service for free-ranging and captive wildlife, and also volunteers for CRESO. Registration for this free event is required. Contact Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any questions or registration issues.