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What Kind of Bird Is That? Birds In [your town]

Program Description

Birds are part of our everyday life. They live in our town. We see them flying, feeding, and raising their young. We hear them singing and calling. Maybe you'd like to learn who they are and give them a name? You probably recognize a robin, but what other birds share your neighborhood? Come learn about the feathered creatures who live right here in [your town].

Topics

  • Introduction to bird watching including binoculars, field guides.
  • Common birds in the area: what they look like (slides of local species), where to find them.
  • What birds do: food sources, songs and calls, nesting habits/raising young, migration.
  • How to attract birds to your yard: flowering plants/shrubs, trees, feeders, birdbaths.
  • Threats to birds: pesticides/herbicides, cats, window glass.

Speakers

  • Members of a local Audubon chapter or local bird enthusiasts (every town has some and they love to talk birds).
  • Local nursery owner to talk about plants that attract birds.
  • Owner of a local bird/feed store to talk about feeding birds.
  • Local science teacher or ornithology professor.

Basics

  • Length - Two 1½ hour sessions (+ optional half-day field trip; see below)
  • Auditorium-style seating
  • Preparation time - 2 hours to identify and contact speakers.

Learn More About It

Make It Special

Organize a field trip that would go to special areas (local park, lake/stream, hummingbird feeders, etc.) to actually see the birds in your town. Different habitats will have different species. Also, birds change from season to season so having a field trip in both spring and fall would find species in different plumage. Different seasons can also bring different species to the area - some birds migrate out and others migrate in.

Market It

Notices in the local paper and library newsletter; flyers mailed out with bank statements/electric bills; flyers posted at shopping centers, nurseries, feed stores, the library, offices, and schools; announcements at civic, garden, and outdoor group meetings; etc.

  • Montana State Library
  • P.O. Box 201800, 1515 East 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620-1800
  • Phone: (406) 444-3115
  • Fax: (406) 444-0266
  • msl.mt.gov