The Alma Swan Watch will be holding naturalist programs on November 11 and 18 at 4:15 p.m. at the Alma Lions Club, 110 North Main Street, Alma, Wis. Both programs are free and open to the public.
The first program, November 11, will feature amateur astronomer Jim Fritzl of Eau Claire, Wis. Jim became interested in the night sky at the age of five, when his dad showed him Mars through a 10' homemade telescope. He's been an amateur astronomer ever since. In 2005, he became the coordinator of Hobbs Observatory at Beaver Creek Reserve at Fall Creek, Wis., where he presents astronomical programs for visitors to the observatory. He has recently developed an interest in the history of astronomy and the myths and legends of the sky from various cultures, especially the Native American cultures.
The second program, November 18, will feature local author Allen Blake Sheldon of Trempealeau, Wis. He is the author of the new book Amphibians and Reptiles of the North Woods. Allen will present a slide show on the wildlife of the Mississippi River and the wildlife, amphibians and reptiles that inhabit the Mississippi River Valley.
The public is cordially invited to attend both programs.