PEEC Offers Backyard Bird ID Class and Free Proenneke Film at Reel Deal


PEEC will offer their popular class “What’s That Bird in my Backyard?” from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Individual registration is $10 or $9 for PEEC members and family registration is $20 or $18 for members.

Veteran birder Dave Yeamans will offer guidance on recognizing the most common winter birds in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Yeamans uses photos, books and websites to help participants get started with basic birding, or increase intermediate expertise. He will teach tips for recognizing birds by their colors, silhouette, behavior and feeding habits.

Bring a bird book, if you have one. Last year’s class received a 5 out of 5 on every evaluation, with people especially appreciating the emphasis on birds they were seeing in their yards.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count is held every year in mid-February. Citizen scientists from around the country join school kids and avid birders to count birds in their area and report their counts online.

The Great Backyard Bird Count website offers data for anywhere in the US, enabling researchers to study trends and learn more about what birds are doing. Last year more than 11 million birds were submitted to the count.

Participants in PEEC’s class will be well equipped to join in the count this year. Yeamans is an expert on birding and creating habitats for birds. He’s an active participant in the PEEC Birders group online, where locals discuss birds, share bird sightings, and ask birding questions. People interested in joining PEEC Birders can learn more at

For more information about the class, and to register, go to, call 662-0460, or e-mail

PEEC and Reel Deal to Offer Free Film:PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater are joining forces to offer a free film at 7 p.m., Feb. 16.

Dick Proenneke in the late 1960s, came to live in the remote wilderness of Alaska. Courtesy/PEEC

Alone in the Wilderness is a classic story of survival in the wilds of Alaska. Donations will be accepted and concessions in the theater lobby will be available for sale.

Alone in the Wilderness is the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, came to live in the remote wilderness of Alaska.

Proenneke chose a homesteading site, cut trees, constructed a log cabin and carved a living out of the land. All the while, he filmed himself on a stationary 16mm camera. Later, Bob Swerer edited this film to create Alone in the Wilderness.

Anyone interested in survival, Alaska, home construction, or nature will find something fascinating in this film. It’s described as a “modern day Walden” because of the beauty of the film and the insights that Proenneke shares on camera.

This film is offered for free thanks to the generosity of the Reel Deal’s Jim O’Donnell, who is a big fan of Proenneke’s. O’Donnell was lucky enough to make a trip to Alaska to visit Pronneke’s homesite and fish in the same lake Pronneke did.

For more information, visit, call 662-0460, or e-mail

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