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Kauffman Museum to celebrate Earth Day

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton, will hold a bird walk and frog field trip in honor of Earth Day 2003. The activities are scheduled on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. Both events begin at Kauffman Museum at 27th and North Main in North Newton and are free and open to the public. The first event, A Spring Bird Walk, is planned for 7 a.m., Saturday, April 26. Retired Bethel College professor of biology and bird expert Dwight Platt of Newton will lead a one-hour walk along Sand Creek Trail at Bethel College. Participants will look and listen for early morning birds. Binoculars are recommended. Amateur and experienced birders are welcome to attend.

The second event, the annual Frog Frolic Field Trip, will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, May 2. Also led by Dwight Platt, the two-hour trip will take participants on an amphibious exploration in the sand hills of western Harvey County. Participants will meet at Kauffman Museum where they will receive a short introduction to the species of frogs most likely to be heard while on their frog-finding adventure. Group members will then carpool and caravan to sites where Platt will explain how to listen for and identify frog calls. Participants are advised to bring flashlights and wear shoes that can get muddy.

Registration is not necessary for either event. For information, call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.

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