Backyard Birding Classes This Year

Backyard Birding

This year we are featuring classes to bring more birds into your yard and give them what they need to thrive and stick around!  Presented by Chris Foley of Annuals & Perennials who is very excited to share her knowledge.  Participants can enjoy just one workshop, or them all and may join at any session.  Children are welcome to attend with an adult; topics best suited for ages 10 and up.  Each session is $10 or sign up early for all 5 and receive one of your classes for free!  That’s 5 workshops for just $40. (Use this link to register for all classes at the discounted price) Discounted offer expires after the first class in January.

birds1Session 1: “Whoooo” is already coming to your yard?
January 17th 10am
In this fun workshop, we’ll discuss what birds you already have in your yards, how and why to journal, and what birds need in the winter.  We’ll also tell you about the Audubon Society’s bird count and how you can participate.  Fee is $10/person and includes a free journal for you and suet cake for your birds!  Register online or by calling (919) 878-8877.

Session 2: Nest Building
February 28th 10am
This hands-on, interactive workshop is all about building!  We’ll be building a robin shelf and we’ll talk all about nest building by the birds.  Now is the time birds are looking for housing so they can get to work building a nest for spring babies.  We’ll discuss types of bird houses and the best places to put them.  We will also share our journal entries and discuss birds we’ve seen in our yards since our last class.  Fee is $10/person and includes all the materials to build a robin shelf to take home.  If you missed the first workshop and would like to join in journaling with us, we have journals available in the store for purchase.  Please bring a hammer.  Please register prior to Feb. 21st so the instructor has adequate time to prepare materials- online or call us today!

Session 3: Plants for the Birds
April 25th 10 am
We will discuss why to plant for the birds and the benefits of native plants and using organic fertilizer.  Did you know that the plants that birds love are also usually loved by butterflies and other beneficial insects? We will discuss the benefits of bugs in the garden as well as share interesting entries from our journals.  Workshop fee is $10/person and includes some flower plants and seeds to take home.

Session 4: Baby it’s HOT outside!
July 11th 10am
In this birding class we will discuss water needs for the birds and different water features you can add to your gardens.  We’ll also talk how beneficial fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen can be to the birds! Workshop fee is $10/person.  Each individual will receive a small piece of pond liner and instructions for creating a small “watering hole” for birds, butterflies, toads and other small animals.  We will end the session as always with a sharing from our journals.

Session 5: Save the Garden for the Birds!
October 3rd 10am
As we clean up our gardens for the year, there is a lot we can save for the birds!  We’ll talk about what to get rid of and what to keep as well as how to clean our nesting boxes and what to provide for our birds to last them through the winter. Fee is $10/person.  Each participant will get a special treat to take home for the birds.