Innsbrook Nature Summer Newsletter Now Available

In the summer edition of the Innsbrook Nature Group newsletter we cover a number of timely topics including: the first Nature Chautauqua, Innsbrook Wildlife Spotting Checklist, Nature Value Survey Results, Fox Family Update, Guided Nature Hikes, Trail Improvements, Local Black Bear News, Chiggers, Nature at Night, Nature Activities & Volunteers, Butterfly Friendly Milkweed, Mosquitoes & Zika, Forest Bathing, Water Snakes, and a new feature “Ask a Missouri Naturalist”.  To help you easily scan for items of most interest to you and your family we have organized it by short nature nibbles and longer nature features. It’s available for reading now on our website at https://ibknature.com/newsletters/summer-2016-newsletter/. Thanks for sharing this with your Innsbrook friends, neighbors, and visitors who may wish to register to receive it directly by submitting their email address on the right-hand side of any website page.

First Nature Chautauqua a Success!

Many thanks to our guest speakers and attendees, who filled the space to standing room only, for making our first Innsbrook Nature Chautauqua successful this past Sunday. And let’s not forget our appreciation for those magnificent raptors visiting Innsbrook from the World Bird Sanctuary that flew around barely above our heads during the presentation! For more photos and to learn who won the Nature Lover’s Gift Box raffle please visit https://ibknature.com/nature-chautauqua/first-nature-chautauqua/. Watch for a post announcing our summer newsletter coming in two weeks.

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Innsbrook Nature Chautauqua this Sunday

The Innsbrook Nature Group (IBK’ng) will host its first Innsbrook Nature Chautauqua this Sunday, June 5, from 1-3:30 pm in the Sycamore meeting room of the Aspen Conference Center.   We are so excited to have three guest presenters accepting our invitation to visit Innsbrook to participate in our inaugural program.

Leading off the afternoon will be an ornithologist from the World Bird Sanctuary who will bring along a number of live raptors, including an eagle and hawk, to help us learn how to maintain a healthy habitat at Innsbrook for these magnificent birds. Next up will be our feature presentation from nature book author and Webster-Kirkwood Times editor Don Corrigan who will profile the many natural assets we are so fortunate to have in Missouri and what we can do to preserve the Show Me state’s environment for future generations to enjoy. Our final session will be a family-friendly introduction to and demonstration of kayaking and paddle boarding provided by Simon Hile, a certified water sports instructor from the Alpine Shop.

The event is open and free for all property owners, visitors, and guests.  To learn more about the event, as well as the history of Chautauquas at other rural communities and resorts like Innsbrook across the country please visit https://ibknature.com/nature-chautauqua/ or email info@ibknature.com.  A final reminder that we will be raffling off the Innsbrook Nature Lover’s Gift Box displayed at the recent Memorial Day party and as shown below (a bat house is also included though not visible in this photo). See you on Sunday afternoon!

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The Innsbrook Nature Lover’s Gift Box, valued at over $200, provided with the help of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops of Chesterfield and St. Charles.