St Francis Valley Naturalists’ Club not just for the birds

For more than 50 years, the St. Francis Valley Naturalists’ club has been keeping on eye on the sky, and one on the land. The group started out as a birdwatching society, then turned its focus to land conservation, and their proudest accomplishment these days is in education. For years now, the club has been sponsoring a tour in elementary schools, to pique the interest of children at a young age, so that they understand the importance of wildlife conservation and become stewards of the land. Accomplished Naturalist Kat Usher, from the Earthvalues Institute, will tour schools in the region and use visuals, specimens, and even live creatures to teach the children about their environment. Each year has a different theme. This year, Usher will de-bunk some of natures most tenacious myths and uncover some surprising nature facts. The tour will end with a final presentation on Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Amédée Beaudoin Community Centre, at 10 Samuel Grantham Street, Lennoxville.The presentation is open to all, young and old. Are you curious about bats in your hair, getting warts from toads, or porcupines shooting their quills at you? Usher will be happy to answer your questions.