On July 27 there was a Nature Walk like none other. It was a walking writing workshop led by naturalist and poet, Mobi Warren. The poems that arose from that walk were beautiful, kind, a celebration of nature and the park, and sometimes even funny. Here are a few poems the participants were willing to share.
We need hard working volunteers to help park staff tackle big projects. After many years as an overgrazed dairy farm, the land of Phil Hardberger Park is being restored to its natural beauty. Weed Warriors meet every Wednesday at various locations to control invasive species and support the growth of native species.
Cochineal is a scale insect and is found on prickly pear cactus, Opuntia engelmanii. As a rasping, sucking insect, it feeds on the tasty juices of the cactus. It produces a cottony white covering to protect itself from predators.
If you can, avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually between 2-4:30 p.m. Phil Hardberger Park doesn't close until sunset, so make use of the longer days and come check out the park in the evening.