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One of WD4C’s working dogs pays a visit to Sun Valley in 2017.

The Environmental Resource Center has launched both its fourth annual Spring Science Series and the 2019 Science After School spring session.

The Science Series kicks off today, offering free scientific presentations fit for all ages and open to the public.

The first of those, set for 6 p.m. tonight, April 17, will take place at Mountain Humane, 100 Croy Creek Road in Hailey.

This presentation will be led by Working Dogs for Conservation (colloquially abbreviated to WD4C). The organization is the world’s leading authority on dogs’ potential to assist with conservation.

The group’s executive director, Pete Coppolillo—along with one of those patented “working dogs”—will come to Mountain Humane to examine the ways in which canine olfactory perception might aid human environmental conservation efforts.

The dogs trained by WD4C tackle such destructive practices as poaching and animal trafficking, help to locate and eradicate invasive species and aid with general ecological studies like habitat monitoring and surveying. Tonight’s presentation will include a demonstration of the dogs’ skills.

The following week, on April 24 at 6 p.m., presenters from Craters of the Moon National Monument will visit The Community Library’s lecture hall to teach about volcanoes, planetary geology and what makes Craters of the Moon a particularly special and singular feature of the American landscape.

The next presentation, on May 1, will once again involve live animals as The Community Library acts as the venue for a presentation by The Peregrine Fund, a Boise-based raptor conservation group. Professional avian experts will bring some majestic predatory birds to showcase their incredible capabilities.

Finally, rounding out the Science Series on May 8, Zoo Idaho will visit The Community Library along with a slew of live animals. In the past, special guests have included a tortoise, a skunk and snakes.

Attendees will learn all about those creatures, their natural habitats and how they survive and adapt.

The Science Series takes place in tandem with the ERC’s Spring Exploration Series, which delivers these top-notch presenters to second- and third-grade classrooms across Blaine County, providing children with a glimpse into the natural world.

The annual Science After School spring session is also running during this time, every Monday from April 15 until May 20, from 2:30-4 p.m. This six-week program is offered free of charge—including snacks and materials—for fourth- and fifth-graders at Hailey Elementary School. Space is limited and registration is required.

Visit ercsv.org for more information.

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