Friday, September 28, 2007

Prairie Discovery Day at Fertig Prairie


On Thursday, 27 September, I spent the day at one of Audubon's tallgrass prairies, Fertig Prairie; only 1% of Nebraska's tallgrass prairie remains. This trip to Fertig Tallgrass Prairie near Schuler, NE, marks the fourth year in a row that the Wachiska Audubon Society has sponsored Prairie Discovery day.

At Fertig Prairie, 100 fifth graders learned some prairie history, captured and identified a wealth of insects, and wrote about bugs and birds. At this site, you will find a slide show of the fun.

In the past years, Wachiska Audubon also organized Prairie Discovery Day at Yutan Prairie and at Wildcat Creek Prairie. Click on the links and enjoy the photographs of youngsters discovering an important part of their Nebraska heritage.

And watch the short (10 minute) video of the (windy) prairie fun.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mark Gammell Band with Pat Fortney at Cotty's After Homecoming

After the September 22 Homecoming Game at the Oak Bowl--see the following post for pictures from halftime at the game--Pat Fortney, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Various Bands at the college (See the 140th Birthday post for pictures of the Jazz Band), provided the entertainment at Cotty's. To see images of the Mark Gammell Band in action and of folks who came to listen, go to this site and enjoy. To learn more about the Mark Gammell Band, visit this site.

And to hear a couple songs, just click to start the video below

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Peru State College Homecoming Game

On Saturday, September 22, Peru State College celebrated homecoming with a football victory, parade (the 87th), and many other activities. At this link, you will find a series of images from the halftime activities at the game.

Keith Jacobshagen's Presentation at Peru State College

On September 11, the Peru State College Art Guild sponsored a presentation by noted Nebraska artist Keith Jacobshagen. The Peru State Gallery features a show this month, "Journal of the Days," a series of images and notebook entries by Jacobshagen. You can see some images here of Jacobshagen's visit to Peru State College.

Apple Valley Reading Council Meeting At PSC

Last Tuesday, the Apple Valley Reading Council met in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center. Quite a few PSC students took part in the festivities highlighted by a presentation by herpetologist David Neives, author of children's books Reptiles Up Close and More Reptiles Up Close. Here you can see a few pictures from the meeting and David Neives' presentation.

Constitution Day at Peru State College

This past Tuesday afternoon, Phi Alpha Theta Theta and the Social Sciences Club celebrated Constitution Day in the Student Center. The students set up a table and asked people to try to fill in the blanks, putting in missing words from the Preamble to the Constitution. Winners received prizes pictured in the slide show located here.

Twyla Hansen Reads at Brownville, NE

On September 19, Twyla Hansen, one of the state's foremost poets, read at the Brownville Lyceum. At this link, you will find images from the last visit Twyla payed to Peru State College as part of the Creative Writing Series. I took only a few pictures of Twyla's September 19 reading,which featured poems from "Prairie Suite: A Celebration" a poet-drawing collaboration with Ornithologist Paul Johnsgard; sales from the book go to support the Audubon Society's Spring Creek Prairie.

Great-horned Owl at Daryl's Farm

My friend Daryl called me a couple weeks ago (around the middle of September) to tell me that he had caught a Great-horned Owl feeding on his Cornish Rock Hens. So, the next morning, I visited the farm, befriended a couple chickens, and took these pictures of a very unhappy Great-horned Owl that soon winged its way out of the coop.

Peru State Turns 140 in 2007

This year,2007, Peru State College turns 140--and Peru, NE, celebrates birthday 150. This link will take you to some pictures of the festivities, including the governor's visit. The site features a few pictures as well of the beautiful campus.