On Sunday, February 15th, a free program was held at the
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Club member, refuge volunteer, and head of the Avian Wildlife Center, Giselle Smisko, led the day’s activities, which included presenting live birds from the Center and conducting a Bird Feeder Workshop in which kids were invited to make a small feeder to take home.
Club member and refuge staff member Ken Witkowski hung feeders outside the refuge headquarters; he and club member/refuge volunteer Marianne Ofenloch assisted adults and kids with identifying the birds that visited the feeders during the event.
President Bill Warren manned the club’s table, answering questions, helping with bird sightings, and doing a fine job of recruiting new members. Pointers on bird identification, bird feeding, and how to help birds survive the cold winter were
also given throughout the day.
Unfortunately, sub-zero wind chills forced the
cancellation of a planned beginner’s bird walk, but no one seemed
to mind sitting at the window watching birds while sipping hot cocoa.
Despite the cold, the turnout was excellent.
Other beginning birder programs will be held in 2015;
club members are encouraged to contact Giselle or Marianne if they’d like to assist.