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Published Thursday
November 4, 2004

Outings: Furry forest friends friendlier in fall

 

As more fall foliage drifts to the ground, the opportunities to see birds, deer and other wildlife improve at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue and Neale Woods in northeast Omaha.

You can see more woodpeckers, goldfinches, cardinals and chickadees flitting about. Near the Missouri River and other open areas, you might see eagles circling, or migrating snow geese. This is also a good time to see mallard ducks.

Deer seem to show no fear in November, their mating season. Beaver, too, seem more bold, coming out in the day to gather food.

Fontenelle Forest, 1111 N. Bellevue Boulevard, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $5 for children ages 3 to 11.

Neale Woods, 14323 Edith Marie Ave., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5, adults; $4, senior citizens; and $3 for children ages 3 to 11.

Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods are part of the Fontenelle Nature Association. Information: (402) 731-3140 and www.fontenelleforest.org.

Don't be scared of big 'Bugs' at the zoo

Bugs are larger than life in the movie "Bugs! 3D," showing through Nov. 14 at the Lozier Imax Theater of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Also at the zoo, through Nov. 30, are detailed portraits of insects about 200 times larger than life.

Project Insect is a traveling art and science exhibition featuring artist Jessa Huebing-Reitinger of Kansas City, Mo. She has her easel in the zoo's Wild Kingdom Pavilion Wednesdays through Sundays and paints new portraits and gives scheduled talks at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St., is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Zoo admission: $6 to $9.75. IMAX theater admission: $5.75 to $7.75. Information: 733-8400 and www.omahazoo.com.

Thousands of mums on view at Lauritzen Gardens

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show, with thousands of yellow, orange, white and burgundy mums, continues through Nov. 21 at Lauritzen Gardens. The 100-acre botanical garden has 13 distinct gardens and a 5,000-square-foot indoor floral display hall.

Admission is reduced on Sundays, thanks to a special donor, to $2 for adults and free for youth. Regular admission fees apply if there is a special event at the gardens on Sunday, but the calendar looks clear of those through November.

The gardens are near the 13th Street exit of Interstate 80, at 100 Bancroft St. Information: www.omahabotanicalgardens.org and 346-4002 .

'Mississippi' host to speak at Nebraska alma mater

The host of the PBS show "Back on the Mississippi" will speak in Milford, Neb., at 7 tonight.

Chuck Strinz, who was also the writer and producer of the show, is a native of Milford who now lives in Minneapolis. He created the show with a humorous tongue-in-cheek attitude and focuses on lesser-known places and history along the Mississippi River.

Strinz will speak in Milford's new 500-seat auditorium on the town's high school campus. Strinz is a 1971 graduate of the school. Admission is free; donations will be accepted to help pay for the auditorium.

Strinz's show has aired on various PBS stations. It will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NETV-2 and repeated at 8 a.m. Nov. 11 and 7 a.m. Nov. 14. Information: www.backonthemississippi.com.

- Compiled by staff writer Jane Palmer

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