Coming Up: Backyard Birding

14 Jan, 2014

By Joyce Newman, Environmental Reporter


If you have a bird feeder in your backyard, you probably have noticed that when it snows a lot, the birds flock to the feeder. But what about all the rest of the time? National Audubon Society expert, Dr. Stephen W. Kress has some answers. He will provide tips for creating bird habitats in your own backyard on February 4 at 10:30. Free. Presented at Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Road, 914-967-0480.

Find out where to locate your feeder, which plants provide birds with vital food, shelter, and nesting habitats, and where to place the right plants. Sponsored by the Rye Garden Club and Little Garden Club of Rye, the program will include a book signing and coffee.

Kress, widely credited for his work to save the puffin, is Audubon’s Vice President for Bird Conservation and also an associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology where he developed and teaches a popular Spring Field Ornithology course. He has written numerous book including The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds,  the Audubon Backyard Birdwatch, The National Audubon Society North American Birdfeeder Guide, and most recently co-authored the Audubon Birdhouse Book.

Kress has served on a multitude of committees and advisory groups, and has been selected for numerous conservation awards, fellowships and scholarships. He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Education from Cornell University. He lives with his wife, Elissa, and daughter on a 33-acre rural property near Ithaca, NY, but during the summers is based on Hog Island Maine where he launched the Puffin Project to help restore seabird diversity.

Photo courtesy Dr. Stephen W. Kress, National Audubon Society.

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