The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center are offering a Winter Wildlife slide program in the Lehigh Gap Visitor Center on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

The program, presented by Bud Cole, naturalist, outdoor-travel writer and photographer, will focus on the necessary essentials that all living creatures need in order to survive.

Family pets, domestic farm animals, wildlife and human beings need clean water, clean air, food and shelter to live and procreate. The program will emphasize the importance of these basic needs. Many species of local wildlife are nocturnal. They are out and about during the night when most of us are sleeping. Animal tracks and other telltale animal signs will be used to identify these wildlife neighbors. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the presentation. A question and answer session and refreshments will follow the program.

Both BHCWA and LGNC are non-profit organizations with similar philosophies and goals. Programs are held in order to educate and familiarize the general public about our environment and the importance of taking care of it for present and future generations. These public outreach programs also help introduce the public to what organizations like BHCWA and LGNC stand for and what they have to offer to the local citizenry and potential members.

The program is free, although attendees may make an optional donation to the organizations. Use the Lehigh Gap Nature Center web site for directions, http://lgnc.org/. Signs will be posted at the LGNC entrance along Route 873 north of Slatington.