Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds 101

Have you ever been sitting on your front porch and seen a brilliant flash of russet red, dusty blue, or vivid yellow, and thought, “What kind of bird is that?” It’s very hard indeed to Google a bird if its name or species is unknown to you! But there’s no need to live shrouded in avian mystery any longer. Come to the Camas Public Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, for Backyard Birds 101. Join other area newcomers—or people who are just curious about our local feathered friends—and learn about the common birds you might see this year in your own backyard. Audubon Society volunteer Eric Bjorkman will present slides and answer your questions about those birds you’ve been seeing, or may see, later on in the year.

All Camas Public Library events are free, open to the public, and no registration is necessary. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call the library at 360-834-4692 or visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary.

Above image: the beautiful Northern Flicker, a kind of woodpecker that occasionally comes to backyard birdfeeders

Love Your Backyard Birds!

February is the perfect month to show love to the birds which visit your back yard every day (and may even nest there). It’s also the perfect time to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, happening from Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that encourages bird watchers to tally the number of birds seen and create a real-time snapshot of their locations. Meanwhile, Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is a great way for kids (and their parents!) to learn about Northwest birds through engaging, interactive activities.

The Water Center’s Second Saturday series is an fun, free way for kids and their families to explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, everyone will build a bird feeder to take home and entice more beautiful birds into your back yard. Each second Saturday lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. There’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.