The Southbury Public Library and the Audubon Center Bent of the River are co-sponsoring “Why Birds Matter” program on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm in the library’s Kingsley Meeting Room. Ken Elkins, Education Program Manager, Audubon Center Bent of the River in Southbury, CT will talk about how birds amaze and delight us and how their beauty captivates us and sparks our imagination. However, birds are much more than their beauty and splendor, birds matter. He will discuss how they play many other important roles in our lives and the world.
Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, while watching the birds at his grandmother's feeders in Vermont, and he has been obsessed ever since. After earning a degree in Environmental Biology, he started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, CT and quickly moved onto Connecticut Audubon Society. There, he taught at all 5 of their Audubon Centers and became their Director of Education. He led many EcoTravel trips and organized their World Series of Birding team for 8 years. In 2008, Ken moved onto National Audubon, where he's the Education Program Manager at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury. Most recently, Ken was recognized as a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow and is past-President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association.
The first 50 people that sign up will receive a free native plant provided by the Audubon Center Bent of the River. Registration is required. To register, call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626 x 130 or stop in the library to sign up at the Reference Desk. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.