Living Bird-Friendly Series | April 12 and 13

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Welcome: Bill Gerber, Fairfield First Selectman

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Owl & Hawk Encounter: Meet Amazing Nighttime Neighbors! (Live Birds | Family & Kid Friendly)
Who-o-o-o wants to meet an incredible owl and hawk? Come learn about the unique adaptations of birds of prey, from their uncanny ability to turn their heads almost all the way around to their exceptional eyesight! You will learn how you can help protect hawks and owls in your own backyard. Hear about a new bird-friendly pilot project in Fairfield that will control rodent populations while protecting our local owls and hawks. This family program is designed for children ages 5 and up.

EDUCATORS: Bowman Garrett, Connecticut Audubon; Ted Luchsinger and Mary Hogue, Pollinator Pathway; Amy Barnouw, Connecticut Audubon

1:00–2:15 p.m.
For the Birds and Bees: Benefits of Native Gardening Plus Native Plant Sale
Want to bring more color and birdsong into your yard? At this Farmers’ Market-style event, you will meet local vendors who specialize in native plants excellent for attracting birds and other pollinators. You’ll pick up expert tips on which plants are suitable for growing in our region and get the chance to buy bird-friendly flowers and bushes to take home. **Free seed packets courtesy of the UConn Home & Garden Education Center.

EDUCATORS: Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Bent of the River Audubon Center, Audubon Connecticut; Dennis Riordan, Menunkatuck Audubon Society and Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery

Love Bugs: Alternative Pest Controls to Support Birds, Pollinators, and Humans
Do you want to “bug-proof” your yard without using harsh chemicals? There are many reasons to cut down on pesticide use in our lawns and gardens, including because birds eat hundreds of insects and seeds every day. Come learn how you can limit lawn bugs and pests in a way that honors the earth and the food web in this interactive, hands-on learning session. You’ll also hear about local gas-free and organic lawncare options in Fairfield that will get your lawn ready for summer!

EDUCATORS: Mary Hogue, Pollinator Pathway; Amanda Ingrassia, Green Team at North Stratfield School & Pollinator Pathway; Louise Washer, Connecticut Pesticide Reform; Dan Delventhal, MowGreen

Click here to read Pequot Library’s list of Climate Change Resources.

Fairfield Main Library maintains a powerful ornithological research platform that brings together deep, scholarly content from several celebrated works of ornithology with millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library into a single platform where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on birds. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Click here to access this platform.



April 13
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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