Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, “What is That Bird?” Avid birder Dave Yeamans will address all these questions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, and provide a wealth of information in a program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos. The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.
Yeamans’ program, “What is That Bird?” will last about an hour, with time afterward for sharing problematic bird identifications, bird feeding ideas, and general birding information. This program has been popular in the past and should be better than ever with new photos, videos and sounds. He will concentrate on about 20 common birds ─ some that are easy to identify and others that aren’t.
Yeamans has watched birds most of his life, starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years has become a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips, and local birding activities, and he has led birding trips for the PEEC birders group and for the PEEC Nature Center. Yeamans has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and Boy Scout leader.
In the month of February, PEEC is going to the birds in honor of the 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) happening all around the world, by hosting a number of bird-themed programs.
The 17th annual GBBC is Feb. 14-17. The data collected from the GBBC helps track the health of bird populations worldwide. It’s easy to participate. Simply sign up online, observe the birds in your yard for at least 15 minutes one or more of the days and enter your count online. Visit the official website at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ for more information.