Birdfeeding Workshop Slated For Audubon Center

The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will host “Bird-Feeding 101” on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The workshop will include how to build a feeder and how to mix up a batch of food to bring birds to a backyard feeder. The morning will be divided into two 45-minute workshops. In each time slot, students can choose between a hands-on workshop making something for the birds or a classroom program learning more about bird-feeding, birds or field guides.

During the first workshop, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., attendees will have their choice of learning how to make their own super food, with an extra $2 donation for some birdfood to take home, and training chickadees to eat out of a person’s hand, or learning how to identify the common backyard birds and what to look for in a field guide.

The 11 to 11:45 a.m. workshop will teach how to build small birdfeeders for a yard, with an extra fee of $8 for the feeder. Attendees can learn how to identify birds and count for the Great Backyard Bird Count and what birds prefer what types of seeds.

The classes will be taught by Jeff Tome, Audubon senior naturalist, and Hope Lyon, seasonal naturalist.

Those who want to learn to feed chickadees by hand should bring enough clothes to stay warm for 10 minutes standing still outside.

The cost is $12, $10 for Friends of the Nature Center; $5 for children 9 years and older; with additional fees for those who want bird mix ($2) or a birdfeeder ($8).

Class size is limited and reservations are required by Thursday, Feb. 14. To make reservations, call 569-2345, email info@jamestownaudubon.org or click on the link at jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.

To learn more about the center and its programs, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.