September 2, 2014

Medina
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Remaining Medina County park events for March

Averie Hotchkiss, 5, of Brunswick, pets Pretzel the corn snake at Susan Hambley Nature Center in Brunswick on Sunday afternoon.  Averie said she was surprised how smooth the snake was. Naturalist Nichole Houze, left, said corn snakes are not venomous and can live to be 20 years old in captivity. The corn snake and box turtles were available for petting Sunday as part of a presentation by Houze.  The live animal presentation will be held again next Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Averie Hotchkiss, 5, of Brunswick, pets Pretzel the corn snake at Susan Hambley Nature Center in Brunswick on Sunday afternoon. Averie said she was surprised how smooth the snake was. Naturalist Nichole Houze, left, said corn snakes are not venomous and can live to be 20 years old in captivity. The corn snake and box turtles were available for petting Sunday as part of a presentation by Houze. The live animal presentation will be held again next Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for the remainder of March. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Register at www.medinacountyparks.com. For more information, call (330) 722-9364.

Thursday

Canada geese swim in the ice-free portion of the lake at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, on Sunday, the start of the first full week of spring.  (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Canada geese swim in the ice-free portion of the lake at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, on Sunday, the start of the first full week of spring. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

• Environmental Speaker Series: Birds of Medina County, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 7 p.m. Filmmaker and Naturalist Miles Reed will share stories and images of the birds of Medina County. Some of these birds fly from as far as Argentina to make Medina County’s parks their nesting grounds. The populations of neo-tropical migrant birds are declining at an alarming rate. Much of this decline is due to habitat destruction. Medina County Park District provides habitat for these birds. Ages 9 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday

• Get Wise About Wood Ducks, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 2 p.m. When people think of ducks, they think of them floating in the water, flying through the air, or waddling along the ground. But wood ducks also can perch in trees. Participants will discover what else makes these beautiful birds unique and take a short hike to the wetland for a chance to see them in the wild. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday and Sunday

• Meet the Animals, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. The nature center is home to many animals including snakes, turtles, fish, a toad, a frog, cockroaches, and a worm farm. Visitors can come and learn all about their habits, care and life histories. Activities will be set up Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a live animal presentation with the naturalist at 2 p.m. All ages welcome. No registration required.