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HAWK celebrating it’s 10th anniversary

Matthews-based Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK), the first local chapter of the National Wildlife Federation, is wrapping up its 10th anniversary with a month of activities.

Here is a list of events. All are free. For more information visit

▪ Diary of a Naturalist, Talk Show Tails, featuring National Wildlife Federation’s David Mizejewski, April 5, 7 p.m., Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Lane. He has been a frequent guest on Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, The Wendy William Show and networks like Animal Planet. Join Mizejewski as he shares clips of his favorite TV appearances, behind the scenes stories, and his life mission of educating the masses on wildlife and conservation. Call 704-814-0877 or email for more information. RSVP requested, visit website for details.

▪  Kids in Nature Day 2016, April 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews.

HAWK will join forces with the Great Outdoors University, the town of Matthews and the Matthews Women’s Club for the second Kids in Nature Day, which provides opportunities for kids and families to explore nature and enjoy the wonders of the outside world. Kids and adults can enjoy fishing, stream exploration, hikes, and other activities.

▪  Earth Day Festival, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Stumptown Park, Matthews. Sponsored by Williams Subaru and hosted by HAWK and the town of Matthews, Earth Day offers fun, educational and family friendly activities for children, interactive exhibits, animals, recycling, educational presentations, live music and other activities. Visit the HAWK website for a list of items you can drop off for recycling that day. For more information, contact Debbie at

▪  Spring Plant Swap, April 30, 10 a.m., Colonel Frances Beatty Park Shelter #2, 4330 Weddington Road. Join other HAWK members for a Spring Plant Swap - rain or shine. Bring your plants, splits, cuttings, bulbs, etc. (no invasives, please). They can be from your yard and garden or can be houseplants that have outstayed their welcome.

Place them in the designated shelter area, and find a spot away from the shelter where you can stash the plants you grab during the swap.

Label your plants to make it easier to know where to plant. Other gardening paraphernalia also is welcome: pots, books, seeds, magazines, potting soil, tools, statues.

▪ Cake at the Lake, May 3, 7 p.m., Squirrel Lake Park. Celebrate 10 years of HAWK at the park where it all started and make Squirrel Lake Park even more special with Monarch Waystation and Butterfly Highway designations.

Enjoy refreshments, activities for kids, guided wildlife walks, see the new turtle basking platform, experience a raptor release and tour the gardens.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: