Master naturalist course planned at wildlife refuge

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Master naturalist course planned

Registrations are being taken for the Indiana “Master Naturalist” class that will be conducted at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this spring.

The class will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings in March and April at the Refuge Visitor Center.

Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, the nonprofit support group of the refuge, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sponsoring the course.

Topics will include birds, mammals, wetlands, botany, tree identification, invasive plants, reptiles and amphibians, the use of compass and maps, geology, fossils, and public lands.

Participants who attend six of the eight course sessions and complete 24 hours of volunteer work will receive a Master Naturalist certificate and a pin.

The cost is $35, which covers course materials. Advance registration is required. For information, or to register, contact Donna Stanley at 812-522-4352, or email Muscatatuck@fws.gov.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.