Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Go Star-gazing at Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary

Michigan Audubon is offering the opportunity to watch shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower away from the city lights at the Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary. Join volunteer naturalist Greg Nelson on Saturday evening, August 14th for Star-gazing in August. Greg will lead participants to the best location at Otis to star-gaze beginning at 8:30 p.m. A scope will be set up to assist with seeing stars & planets more closely. Greg will also point out summer constellations. The program will last until 10:00 p.m.

Participants should meet Greg at the Otis red barn at 8:30 p.m. Recommended attire is long pants, good walking shoes, and a light jacket. Insect repellent is also recommended. Participants should bring with them a blanket to lie on, binoculars, a flashlight, and a constellation chart if available. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Registration for this program is requested. The program fee is $2 per person (age 12 & under free); Michigan Audubon members may attend for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration before 5:00 PM on August 13 can be done by calling 517-886-9144 or you may send a message via e-mail to In your message please include the name of all participants, and a phone number. Please indicate if you are a Michigan Audubon member. If there are children participating, please list their ages. After 5:00 on the 13th you must call the Otis Sanctuary at 269-948-5777 to register.

Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary is located at 3560 Havens Rd., approximately seven miles southwest of Hastings.

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