The following was written by Leigh Ann Reynolds, the new Education Coordinator at the Rey Center in Waterville Valley.
Bird watching is a fun and intriguing year-round activity and now that the bears have all gone to sleep for the winter, it is once again safe to put bird feeders out.
Winter can be a stressful time of year for birds that stick around the Valley. Birds expend more energy keeping warm and looking for food during the winter. Putting out feeders provides a reliable food source for our feathered friends. Some bird species are in decline and by taking out one stress, like finding food in winter, we might be able to help these species. Plus, it is a delight to watch birds at the feeder and it can be a fun challenge to identify some of the birds.
Here at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, we participate in Project Feeder Watch, a citizen science project organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Our feeders are located in the native plant garden at the Curious George Cottage. Each winter we host Coffee and Birds. It is a great way to meet folks interested in birding as well as learn how to identify birds. Whether you are an avid birder or just curious about these cousins of the dinosaurs, join us on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Curious George Cottage [7 Noon Peak Road]. You might see chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, finches, and much more.
Start your Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and birds.
Note: Coffee and Birds is open to all. There is no charge for Rey Center members; $3 per person for non-members.