Make the most of March: Calendar 2016

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March 4
Astronomy Series: Jupiter’s Moons
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Tonight’s presentation is by Scott Girard. Join our astronomers for this popular indoor and outdoor program. Every first Friday evening of the winter months, an astronomer will present a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answer your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by our astronomers. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 4
A Photographic Journey Through Western America’s Hidden Lands
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Bob Wick has photographed the vast public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management throughout the west and Alaska. His photographs have been featured in National Geographic, the Smithsonian, CBS News, and many other media outlets. Join Wick on a tour of these vast and spectacular little-known places as he also provides tips to help you improve your photography. From red-rock canyons to offshore islands, alpine tundra to desert dunes, this program will showcase some of America’s best-kept secret places. The program is free.

March 5
Family-friendly Evening Owl Walk
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join volunteer Liza Sanden on a three-mile walk on the Albert Loop to listen for owls, and learn about their nesting habits. Dress for being outdoors, wearing “quiet” clothes. Please note, this is a silent hike in the dark. Children need to be able to remain quiet so we can listen for owls calling; use of flashlights is limited to preserve night vision. Limited to the first 15 people (ages 5 and older) who register at 694-2108. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 6
The Anchorage Tour Festival
Kincaid Park
In lieu of the traditional Tour of Anchorage, the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage is hosting the Anchorage Tour Festival. Participate in one or all of the following races: a 15K or 30K lap race, ski-cross obstacle course and Fat Bike Tour of Kincaid lap race (15K or 30K). for details see www.anchoragenordicski.com.

March 6
Hot on the Trail
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Crime-scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) present how they preserve tracks left in dirt and snow. From moose to vole, raven to human, every track left in the woods tells a story. Indoor program with a hands-on demonstration of cast-making. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 9
New Neighbors, New Diseases? Wildlife Health in a Changing Arctic
7-8 p.m., Alaska Gateway Hall, Alaska Zoo
Changing environmental conditions are expected to influence
disease dynamics in northern regions. Caroline Van Hemert,
research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, will discuss several recent disease outbreaks among wild birds and provide highlights from current research on birds and mammals in the Alaska Arctic. This program is part of the Zoo’s Wildlife Wednesdays series and is free with zoo admission. (alaskazoo.org)

March 11
Owl Talk and Walk
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Aaron Bowman of the Anchorage Audubon Society will present an informative slide show about Alaska owls, followed by a 2-3 mile walk. Please note: Dress in outdoor clothes that are not too “noisy.” Use of flashlights will be limited to preserve night vision. Not intended for children, but see March 5 entry for a family-friendly event. The guided walk is limited to the first 20 people registered at 694-2108, but the indoor presentation is open to all. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 13
Armchair Travel Series: Greenland
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us for an arctic adventure in Greenland, the world’s largest island. Presenters Michael “Gus” Gustafson, Sean Wagner and Laura Kruger explored the natural beauty and endless amount of ice that makes Greenland an amazing travel destination. Added bonus: We’ll share some of our short journey through Iceland, too! Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

March 15
Mountaineering Club Meeting
6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd.
The Mountaineering Club of Alaska hosts a monthly meeting, covering topics of interest to climbers in the area. The event is free and open to the public. (mtnclubak.org)

March 16
Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial: 100 Years of Conservation
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Can you imagine a time when the sky was blackened from thousands of birds as far as the eye could see? What happened to these massive flocks of feathered friends and how did their disappearance influence bird conservation around the globe? Join Tamara Zeller and Dr. Rick Lanctot with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a look back at the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), why it was enacted 100 years ago, and how it saved many of the birds that call Alaska home. Follow the plight of the buff-breasted sandpiper, learn how the MBTA helped and didn’t help this arctic-breeding shorebird, and discover what current research has taught us about this magnificent migrant. The program is part of the center’s Fireside Chat series. It is free and open to all.

March 19
Special Workshop: Winter Landscape Photography
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Learn more about your digital camera and outdoor photography in this all-day intensive workshop. After a brief classroom introduction, you will head out on the trails to sharpen your skills with the Nature Center’s artist-in-residence, Colin Tyler Bogucki, www.colintyler.com, who has been photographing for publications for nearly 20 years. Attendees must provide their own camera gear (digital SLR only, no iPhones) and be prepared to hike five miles throughout the day. The cost is $95 and entry is limited to 10 people registered at 694-2108.

March 20
Adventures from the Arctic to Mexico
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Alaska legend Dick Griffith and “Canyons and Ice” author Kaylene Johnson will talk about Dick’s numerous trips and show pictures of more than 10,000 miles he trekked across Alaska, the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Free, but parking is $5 for non-members. (ernc.org)

March 27
Building Closure
Easter Sunday is March 27, and the building will be closed, but the trails are always open. Enjoy an Easter hike. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

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