Scientist aims to have all experience natural world. All invited to attend the quarterly Nature Talk lecture hosted by Friends of Tryon Creek at Tryon Creek State Natural Area Jan. 31.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Dr. Judy Li, retired associate professor at Oregon State Universitys Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will deliver the first quarterly Nature Talk lecture Jan. 31. It is free and open to all.

Friends of Tryon Creek will present the first of its quarterly Nature Talk lectures Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area classroom.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Judy Li, retired associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, who spent her career focused on stream ecology in Oregon. Post academia, Li's research focuses on food webs in headwater streams and participation in longterm projects at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Her presentation will focus on the importance of being actively engaged in stewardship and methods to engage in an urban natural area, for the whole community. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided at no charge for this free event.

Li's passion has been working alongside K-12 science teachers to write books and curriculumn that empower students to explore STEM fields. Her goal is to lead everyone toward places where they can experience the natural world.

Li is the author of three children's books including "Ellie's Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell," "Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire" and most recently with M. L. Herring, "Ellie's Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific." She was also editor of a volume on cultural resources, "To Harvest, to Hunt: Stories of Resource Use in the American West," and co-editor of "Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts."

Her presentation will include previews of her fourth book in the Ellie and Ricky series, "Ricky's Metropolis," which is about community science in an urban forest setting.

To provide adequate seating and refreshments those planning to attend are asked to RVSP online at

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