Programs at PEEC examine aspens, comets this week

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Local certified arborist Laural Hardin has returned as a presenter 6:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. She has spoken on several topics related to local tree species and their care in the urban landscape. Hardin will discuss aspen trees.
Many homeowners have or want to have aspen in their yards. This talk will cover many of the challenges property owners face when aspens are put in the urban setting. Some of the topics to be discussed include aspen disease and pest issues, as well as root systems and expected life spans.  
Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist. She specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems.
With an interest in helping people understand the natural balance in the landscape, Hardin teaches us how to avoid most issues by learning to see the root cause. She loves to share her knowledge with hands on workshops and fact filled talks, so come prepared to learn!
The cost to attend this program is $8, or $6 for PEEC members.
No advance registration is required.
By now, many have probably heard about the much-anticipated “Super Comet,” Comet ISON. Expected to make a close encounter with the sun later this month, there is much speculation about whether the comet will delight or disappoint, depending on how its close approach to the sun turns out.
Founding member of PEEC Chick Keller will give a presentation about the comet 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC.
In his presentation, Keller will talk about comets in general, why they are important, where they come from, and the reasons why ISON promises to be fun to see.
Keller will also address what PEEC will be doing to give people the opportunity to view the comet.
This program will be free, and no advance registration is required.
For more information about these and other upcoming programs offered by PEEC, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.