“This program is oriented for people who haven’t done much bird watching, or who may have never been bird watching,” says Jones, a retired high school calculus teacher who has been an active bird watcher for more than 30 years.
The program, “Beginner Birding,” will be presented by Frontera Audubon Society and the Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Braught Memorial Theater in Weslaco. The event is free to the public.
Jones will speak about how to use binoculars and field guides, where to go bird watching locally, what birds can be seen in the Rio Grande Valley.
He said the presentation will be particularly helpful for those unfamiliar with bird watching but who may want to attend birding trips, such as those given during the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The festival, which offers excursions across the Valley, will host seminars and a trade show at the Fair Park Municipal Complex in Harlingen from Nov. 9-13.
“The presentation is a tutorial for the birding festival so new bird watchers can have a primer that will help them maximize any new information they pick up during the festival.
“Beginners who attend this program will find that the trips are more meaningful, and they will have a good grasp on what the Valley has to offer for birding,” Jones said.
For more information on the Rio Grande Birding Festival, call 1-800-531-7346, or log on to http://www.rgvbirdfest.com.