by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Trails and flora and fauna at Tryon Creek State Natural Area will be on display during upcoming events. The flora and fauna of Tryon Creek State Natural Area prepares for autumn as the season shifts to shorter days and longer nights. In October, the Friends of Tryon Creek invite the public to experience these changes firsthand at a series of engaging events.

Kids in Nature Tuesdays: Spooky Creatures — Spiders, coyotes and bats-oh my. Discover why these creatures do not need to be feared through natural hikes, science experiments, crafts and stories. $35/child (nonmember); $31.50/child (member). Preregistration required. Oct.16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m

Creatures of the Night: Night Hunters — Discover how creatures of the night use their hearing to hunt during this exciting evening of nocturnal activities and night hikes. Learn how bats use echolocation and how owls hunt for prey using their excellent sense of hearing. This is a family friendly event but there will also be a hike just for adults at 7:30 p.m. $6 (non-member), $5 member (member). Preregistration required. Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Citizen Science Project: Owls of Tryon Creek Kick-off Lunch — The Friends will host a lively kick-off lunch and information session for an exciting citizen science project dedicated to the owls of Tryon Creek. This lunch is intended for adults interested in participating in this year’s monitoring effort beginning in November as we attempt to discover where Tryon’s owl species are nesting. Free. Preregistration required. Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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