KAWARTHA LAKES-In the last 50 years, North American bird populations have dropped by more than 25 percent. Want to learn how you can be a part of making Kawartha Lakes “Bird Friendly”? The Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee and Bird Friendly Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes are pleased to present free bird conservation workshops at the Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon public library branches this fall.
“There’s so much to appreciate about birds, and so much we can do as individuals and as a community to help them. These library workshops are a great introduction.” said Jamie Morris, Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee Member and Chair of Bird Friendly Kawartha Lakes Bird Team
Being Bird-Friendly workshop
Wednesday September 20, 2pm, Bobcaygeon library branch
Tuesday October 3 at 2pm, Fenelon Falls library branch
Participants will learn how to properly care for the feeders and waterers that take care of birds. Members of the public can bring in their own backyard feeder and discuss how it can be improved. Everyone will receive a “Backyard Bird How-To” with instructions on how to properly care for feeders and waterers. One lucky participant will take home a bird safe feeder.
Minimizing Threats to Birds workshop
Wednesday October 4, 2pm, Bobcaygeon library branch
Tuesday October 24, 2pm Fenelon Falls library branch
Participants will hear about some of the top threats to birds, including lights, windows and cats. Participants will learn about possible solutions that can help make a difference and will practice making windows bird safe with Feather-Friendly DIY tape to take home.
Bird Habitat = Bird Homes workshop
Adults and kids over 10 years of age
Saturday October 14, 10:30am, Bobcaygeon library branch
Saturday October 21, 1pm, Fenelon Falls library branch
You can help build or paint a new home for a bird with a DIY nest box kit to take home. Participants can get an idea of why certain birds use certain homes and what they use them for. Also covered will be an introduction to nest identification and bird song/calls. This is sure to be an exciting event as Kawartha Bird Control will bring a bird of prey to the workshop.
“I look forward to Kawartha Lakes becoming a Bird Friendly Municipality. Thank you to everyone who brings awareness to our bird community.” stated Pat Warren, Councillor, Ward 2, Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee Member
“We are excited to offer two different timely and relevant learning sessions to local residents. These workshops are sure to be a hit with anyone who appreciates our native bird population.” said Marieke Junkin, Manager of Programming and Public Services at Kawartha Lakes Public Librar
Please contact the library to reserve a spot for these workshops as there will be limited building supplies.