ELMA, Wash. - Most of us can pick out a Steller’s Jay with its vivid blue feathers and spiky black crest, and we can certainly identify its scolding call. But at this time of year, local backyards are also home to, among others, the varied thrush, the rosy finch, the spotted towhee and the red-breasted nuthatch.
Join local Audubon Society members Jan Strong and Mary O'Neil to learn how identify birds of Grays Harbor, beginning in your own yard and moving into the wider world of the outdoors. Strong and O’Neil will present the program twice this spring.
- · Elma Timberland Library on Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 7 p.m.
- · McCleary Timberland Library on Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m.
The talks will be illustrated with gorgeous slides of Grays Harbor birds. The presenters will bring along checklists of area birds for those who like to checkmark those they’ve spotted. Strong and O’Neil will also bring their binoculars to show desirable features for birdwatchers (light weight, for one) and to demonstrate that you don’t have to buy expensive equipment to enjoy birding.
In fact, Ms. Strong said: “What I mostly want birding to be for people is fun—as well as a learning experience, and a lifetime hobby if they enjoy it.” Speaking of fun, both women can likely be persuaded to demonstrate and teach a couple of bird calls.
Strong is a retired biologist and O’Neil is a naturalist at the Lake Quinault Lodge. Both are active in the Audubon Society’s Grays Harbor chapter, one of the founders of the annual Shorebird Festival (April 26 to 28 this year). The chapter’s website is http://ghas.org.
The Elma Timberland Library is at 118 N First Street; telephone: (360) 482-3737. The McCleary Timberland Library is at 121 S 4th Street; telephone: (360) 495-3368. For more information, contact one of the libraries or visit www.TRL.org.