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Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center to hold hummingbird program Saturday

The Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center in Casscoe will hold its “All about Hummingbirds” program this Saturday, June 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. William Hafner, facilities manager for the PCEC, said the program is free to attend.

“The hummingbird programs are very special to Cook’s Lake. We have had them going for over 15 years now. Our former supervisor, Miss Tana Beasley, is the only one that holds a master banding permit in Arkansas to band these hummingbirds. She will be coming back to do some programs this summer,” Hafner said.

Participants must register for the hummingbird program in advance. Registration is available on the Arkansas Outdoor Skills Network webpage. Anyone seeking assistance can contact the center by calling 870-241-3373.

“We have about 10 openings for each session this Saturday. If you miss this Saturday, though, we also have several spots available for next Saturday, June 18,” Hafner said.

The nature center will offer more hummingbird programs in July and other interpretive programming throughout the summer. There will also be fishing opportunities.

“We are finally getting to where we might be able to open up fishing for youth and the mobility-impaired at Cook’s Lake,” Hafner said. “We are still waiting on the White River to fall a little bit more to make our lake accessible. You can check back in with us a little bit closer to next weekend.”

For more information, residents can visit the Potlatch Cook’s Lake Nature Center Facebook page.

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