Monday, January 27, 2014

Bird Watching Basics - A Program for the Entire Family

This time of year, I delight in looking out my kitchen window and seeing birds at the bird feeder. I enjoy the sight of their wings fluttering and marvel at the range of birds that visit our yard and help mark the seasons. 

I am not alone - according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are about 50 million birders in the US alone, and that number is growing.

Many bird watchers - from novice to expert - participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count each year. During the count, bird watchers around the world work together to help track the health of bird populations and create a snapshot of where the birds are. The 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 14 - 17. Participants can count birds for as little as 15 minutes during the count and enter their sightings at www.birdcount.org.  

Grab your binoculars and get ready! Bird Watching Basics, is being offered by the Fauquier County Public Library. Presented by Dr. David Wiedenfeld, of the American Bird Conservancy, the program will provide an introduction to bird watching and information about how you can join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Program details are as follows: 
Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. 
John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Old Town Warrenton
Admission is FREE

In the interim, check out our collection of books, DVD's and other resources to jump start your bird watching.

Happy Reading 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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