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Wilderness In The Urban Jungle

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Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association

Honking horns, slamming doors and congested streets: these are the sounds and sites of a bustling city. 

But urban areas are not without wildlife as well. The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association protects 340 acres and cares for four nature preserves within the Durham city limits. And, for the first time ever, the group will host a nature tour that spotlights the wildlife living within preserves. Visitors will see beavers, reptiles, birds of prey and other animals in close proximity to some of the city's residential areas.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association executive director Chris Dreps and Duke University ecologist and environmental professor Nicolette Cagle about the furry and feathered inhabitants of cities.

The Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour is September 20th from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. and is free to the public. There will be bird call demonstrations, group led tours of the preserves' ecosystems and a few animals on display. For more information visit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association's website.

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Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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