On Saturday, April 9, the Water Resources Education Center will celebrates its 16th annual Critter Count with critter counting, critter watching, and two critter shows. Start by counting critters in their natural habitat. Then, see more critters up close at a live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.
The Critter Count is just what it sounds like: volunteers in the field helping biologists conduct a survey of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session for a quick overview of the identification of frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards and other local amphibians and reptiles. Next, participants and biologists will venture out into the field to find and record these animals in their natural habitat. Participants should provide their own transportation to field sites, wear boots and warm clothes, and bring a lunch and binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, and children must be accompanied by adults.
April 9 is also Second Saturday at the Water Center, which features free family fun centered on a natural theme. This month, the critter fun continues at 1 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close at two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn about all sorts of reptiles—some that you could find in your own backyard and some that are more unusual. Admission is free! For morel information, call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.