Friday, January 11, 2008

Birding workshops offered

Express Staff Writer

Snowshoers peer into the winter sky on the look-out for birds of prey. Photo by Mountain Express

It may be winter, when many birds have flown south, but some hard-core types still flitter around the region. The Environmental Resource Center will begin its free winter birding workshops on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Additional winter birding workshops will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, March 29.

Led by Wood River Valley birder Poo Wright-Pulliam, the workshop is open to all ages. The whole family can enjoy a day of snowshoeing and sightings of ducks, raptors and eagles nesting in the trees and banks of Silver Creek Preserve.

Participants should meet in Hailey at the parking lot on the corner of River and Bullion streets at 10 a.m. to carpool south to Silver Creek. Bring snowshoes, poles (optional), lunch, water and warm clothes. As well, participants may want to bring binoculars, a spotting scope or birding field guide.

Call the ERC at 726-4333 to register for the workshop. The workshops are free for ERC members and $15 per person or $25 per family for non-members. Part of the program fee will be donated to Silver Creek Preserve, which opens its visitors' cabin for these workshops.

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