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Talk turkey and explore nature at Effie Yeaw

Nature center hosts family program on Friday, turkey hike on Saturday

Three wild turkeys strut their stuff in the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael.

Three wild turkeys strut their stuff in the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael.

Photo courtesy Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Wondering what to do the day after Thanksgiving (besides shopping)? Here’s a treat for nature lovers of all ages -- while walking off some calories. 

Friday, Nov. 25, is “Effie Family Day,” with nature hikes geared for young explorers.

“Come join us for some family fun at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center,” say the organizers. “Embark on a walk through the Nature Study Area to explore what the animals are up to this fall season, meet and learn about our animal ambassadors, and create a craft with your child to take home!”

Located inside Ancil Hoffman Park, the nature center is a suburban oasis of wildlife, especially birds.

Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 children. Kids age 3 and younger admitted free. Pre-registration is required; call 916-876-4918.

Can’t get enough turkey talk? At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, the nature center is hosting “Great Gobblers,” devoted to wild turkeys who call Effie Yeaw home. Did you know wild turkeys can fly up to 55 mph? An one-hour guided hike around the center will turn up some turkeys (hopefully) as well as other birds.

Suggested donation: $2 adults, $1 children.

The Nature Center is open 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Thanksgiving.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center is located at 2850 San Lorenzo Way (off Tarshes Drive) in Carmichael.

Parking is $6 per car.

Details and directions:

-- Debbie Arrington


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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