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12/10/2018 - Bears and Bird Feeding Lecture on January 12, 2019

On Tuesday, January 12, 2019 at 1pm with January 19, 2019 being a snow date, in Kingsley Room, Phil Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited of Brookfield and Ken Elkins of the Audubon Center Bent of the River will discuss bears, birds, and how to feed birds in the winter without attracting bears.

Join Phil Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield for a look into the lives of one of the largest animals in the state, the black bear. We’ll explore the biology and life history of these secretive animals as well as share some tips and tricks to help reduce the likelihood of bear visits in your own yard. We’ll also discuss feeders and food options that birds often like and bears often don’t. Native plantings around the feeder station will attract both resident and migratory birds to your feeder station without attracting bears. Ken Elkins, Education Program Manager, Audubon Center Bent of the River will join us to briefly discuss about how native plants provide essential insects, fruit, seeds and shelter that birds need year round.

Phil Robbins is the manager of the Brookfield Wild Birds Unlimited. Prior to helping open the Brookfield WBU, Phil has worked as an environmental educator for over 20 years and has a degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Ken Elkins is the Education Program Manager at the Audubon Center Bent of the River 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. Ken has taught at every Audubon Center in CT, and is past-President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.