Program on birds takes flight March 23

Mar 14, 2019
Young naturalist Rowan Megquier discovers bird tracks while exploring with Dirigo Learning.

Union — Dirigo Learning will offer a program titled "How Do Birds Survive in Winter?" at the Vose Library, 392 Common Road, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and suitable for families.

While many Maine birds migrate south during the winter months, there are many hardy species that overwinter locally. These birds have adapted for survival in the harsh Maine winter, but even still, late winter can be a hungry time of year, as food stores are at their thinnest after months of feedings. The workshop, led by Dirigo Learning founder Robin Huntley, will teach participants how to identify some of the food sources that local birds rely on in late winter. Families will spend time in nature, using the library’s small nature trail and wooded area as an outdoor classroom. Learning will be experiential, hands-on and nature-based.

Participants will help collect specimens of winter foods for birds for future library visitors to learn about. Recycled, upcycled, and repurposed materials will be provided for making simple bird feeding tools, and art materials will be shared for writing and drawing about birds and winter food sources. Together, learners will help to curate a Hands-On Museum collection for the library’s children’s room. The exhibit will be accompanied with educational materials created by Dirigo Learning, allowing library visitors to explore the content taught in the workshop after the event.

The activities included in the workshop have been designed with amateur naturalists in mind, as it is part of the library’s children’s programming. However, families are welcome to attend the program together for an intergenerational learning experience. Registration is recommended, both for guaranteeing space in the program and to ensure participants can be contacted in case of changes in schedule. Families can e-mail librarian@voselibrary.org or call 785-4733 to reserve space. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, as portions of the program will take place outside in almost any weather.

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