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Bees, Birds, & Butterflies

DAY ONE

Your fun begins at the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild, where you'll work alongside local artists to paint your own unique birdhouse. Whether you use a hollowed gourd or traditional unfinished wooden birdhouse is up to you!  You can also experiment with techniques and materials to create mixed media notecards inspired by the flora and fauna of Southeastern Indiana. At the Oxbow, a broad floodplain where the Great Miami River empties into the Ohio, take a guided tour of these important wetlands. Be sure to bring binoculars and you may spot egrets, herons, beaver, river otters, or even bald eagles! Next, travel to McCabe's Greenhouse and Floral, where you'll learn about pollinator gardens-- the blooms to make your gardens irresitible to nectar lovers, and the plants that butterfly larvae feed on. Choose from select varieties of annuals and perennials and plant your mini pollinator garden in a large clay pot. It's a perfect way to attract bees, birds, and butterflies to your balcony! Also at McCabe's, you can learn about the sunflower's role in pollination and as a food source for birds and wildlife. Select and cut sunflowers and zinnias, create a moss-covered box or moss-trimmed basket, and designa fresh floral arrangement. End your day at Greystone Farm Market with a master beekeeper presentation. Watch the bees at work in a portable hive, then taste local honeys and evaluate their colors, flavors and aromas. Refreshments follow.

 

DAY TWO

Spend the morning learning fun facts and tips about the wild birds that frequen your property at Caseys Outdoor Solutions, then enjoy a fun and easy DIY project: creating a seed-filled suet feeder to keep wild birds happy and healthy during the colder months. Don't leave without exploring the 1850's log cabin, enjoying a glass of cardinal punch, and discovering the garden center's diverse selection! Take a coffee break at Great Crescent Brewery, a local micro-brewery. Be sure to try one of Chef Lani's hummingbird cake cupcakes!

Take the Historic Feed Mill Tour at Aurora Farm & Garden, a thriving feed mill with beginnings as a flour mill in the 1800's, and take home a bag of wild bird seed blended on site. Next, head to Mt. Tabor Alpaca Farm, a popular agri-tourism spot that is home to a large herd of aplaca. Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the farm, feed the alpaca some carrot snacks, and learn more about these magnificent animals. Take home a nesting ball (biodegradable grape vine ball) filled with alpaca fiber for your birds to use constructing spring nests, and feel free to shop for alpaca fiber yarn, gloves, scarves, socks, and stuffed toys. Finally, head to The Framery where you'll learn to cut glass and create a beautiful "butterfly garden" suncatcher to display in your window for year-round enjoyment. Others may use brightly colored torn paper to fashion a fabulous pollinator canvas similar to the brilliant butterly by Eric Carle as seen in his picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.