Speaker Series

River Bend Nature Center presents an exciting and informative series of lectures with topics ranging from science to culture intertwined with current environmental issues, both local and worldwide.

Prairie and Woodland Insects
September 5  6:00 pm

Join entomologist Dr. Rick Wadleigh on a search for the common insects found at River Bend. Rick will make a short presentation on the habits and life history of some of the common insects in our area and then head outdoors to search for live examples of them on the River Bend grounds.

 Rick is a recently retired SC Johnson entomologist and a graduate of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program. He volunteers at the Chiwaukee Prairie in Pleasant Prairie and has begun volunteering at River Bend.

September 6   6:30pm  Learn all about Ruby-throated hummingbirds:  how they behave, the habitat they need, and why they are so important to our ecosystem.  Presenters Christina Ciano and Jeff Buss, wildlife enthusiasts and filmmakers of A Place In The Garden, a documentary about hummingbirds; Larry & Emily Sheunemann, teacher and hummingbird enthusiasts; and Mickey O’Connor, hummingbird bander and Avian Zookeeper for the Milwaukee County Zoo.  This program is free and open to the public, provided by the Hoy Audobon Society.

A Night Under the Stars
September 19  6:00pm – 7:00pm  An astronomical look at our galaxy through photographs taken at River Bend.  Free and open to the public.