During the weekend of October 26, 27 & 28, 2012, park staff will present programs and hikes all pertaining to the creepy and mysterious side of wildlife. Programs are aimed at educating park visitors about animals known to instill fear and misunderstanding in many people.
Park Ranger, Sharon Hanzik explains that “most of these fears are unfounded and based mostly on misinformation or the lack thereof. Although most of us have access to information at our fingertips via smart phones and the internet, sometimes it takes an educated and informed individual to alleviate these fears. These programs are designed to help correct myth and misconception and demonstrate that although some species may be dangerous, they are also beneficial to their ecosystems.
For instance, learning that all spiders are venomous may be a shocking revelation. However, one must also be informed that most spiders do not have venom that is toxic to anything that is larger than their insect prey.” Hanzik also tells us that “there is also superstition and myth surrounding certain animals such as owls being a sign of death or that handling toads will give you warts, neither of which is true”.
Programs will include topics such as owls, snakes, bats, alligators, pond life, toads and spiders and will be presented in different formats including hikes, story time, slide shows and demonstrations. Also included in the weekend’s programming is the park’s annual Halloween Classic Movie Night on Saturday, October 27. This year’s feature, The Ladykillers, will start at 7:00 pm and will be held at the park’s outdoor amphitheater. This 1955 comedy noir stars Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom. Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.
All programs are free with park admission ($7.00 per person, age 13 and up – children 12 and under are free.) The park’s Nature Center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and houses live animal displays including venomous and non-venomous snakes, baby alligators, pond life and a wealth of other natural history exhibits interpreting wetland, forest and tall-grass prairie ecosystems.
Brazos Bend State Park is a 5,000-acre island of natural diversity located southwest of Houston. It is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities, and foster an understanding of the diversity of Texas’ lands and heritage for all generations.
For park information call 979-553-5101. For information about Texas Parks & Wildlife sites and events visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us .