The Effie Yeaw Nature Center along the American River will begin a new speaker series in January to illuminate the Sacramento region's natural wonders.
The six-speaker series begins Jan. 20 with a presentation on venomous bites and stings. Each event costs $5 per person, or $25 for all six. Space is limited and registration is required.
The first speaker will be Mike Cardwell, an expert on venomous snakes and bite treatment. He'll discuss California's only dangerous native snake, the Northern Pacific rattlesnake, how to avoid bites, appropriate first aid, and common myths about venomous snakes.
The second event on Feb. 17, will feature UC Davis butterfly expert Art Shapiro. Other subjects in the series include oak preservation, eco-landscaping, falconry and outdoor photography.
All the talks begin at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the nature center, at California Avenue and Tarshes Drive in Carmichael. For information, go to www.sacnaturecenter.net or call (916) 489-4918.