On Saturday, April 8, the Water Resources Education Center will celebrates its 17th annual Critter Count by turning kids and families into honorary field biologists from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by two live critter shows. Start by counting critters in their natural habitat. Then, see more critters up close at two shows featuring 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.
Critter fun continues at the Water Center at 1 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close. Steve’s Creature Feature will offer two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles and the challenges in bringing them into your home as pets. Find out how you can be a “herp hero” with simple actions that protect water and critters. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.