Dalton resident Susan Zanke to present late father Al Zenke’s slide program ‘A Walk Through the Seasons’

For Abington Journal | March 14th, 2016 2:38 pm

SCRANTON — Susan Zenke, of Dalton, Lackawanna Audubon Society vice president, will give the final presentation of the society’s winter series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park.

The program, titled “A Walk Through the Seasons,” was originally created in the 1960s by the presenter’s father, Al Zenke, who was president of the society from 1966 to 1973. Viewers will be taken on a narrated, slide-illustrated “walk” through the natural world of Northeastern Pennsylvania, season by season.

According to Zenke, her father loved the natural world and was dedicated to conserving and protecting it. He believed in spreading his love and knowledge of nature through the subtle education of others. He wrote a column, titled “Northeast Nature Trail,” for the Abington Journal from November 1967 through September 1969 and presented countless slide lectures to many civic and youth groups until his death in 1979.

His daughter, an avid amateur ornithologist, served as president of the Lackawanna Audubon Society from 1982 to 1984. She was editor of the society’s newsletter “The Wandering Tattler” from 1994 to 2010, and currently coordinates the group’s Adopt-a-Highway project. She continues to carry on her father’s tradition of “walking through the seasons” with many civic, church and youth groups.

Zenke is also a retired vice president of Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc., formerly International Salt Company, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Netherlands and Kenya in pursuit of her interests in ornithology and natural history. She is a member and former four term trustee of the Pocono Environmental Education Center. She has resided in Dalton since 1973 and served for many years on the borough’s planning committee.

She occasionally updates portions of the program, adding slides taken by herself and others, but he original concept created by Al Zenke remains. Attendees can expect to see views of the area’s beautiful countryside, birds, flowers and plants, mammals and even some “creepy crawlies” found in the world outdoors.

The free program is open to youngsters as well as adults and reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information about Lackawanna Audubon Society events, visit bit.ly/1TIP4V4.

A stuffed Eastern Screech Owl, red phase, ‘holds’ the Lackawanna Audubon Society logo in its beak.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-Audubon-WEB.jpgA stuffed Eastern Screech Owl, red phase, ‘holds’ the Lackawanna Audubon Society logo in its beak. Submitted photo

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