We at Wild Birds Unlimited of Scotch Plains are dedicated to the hobby of backyard bird feeding. We are looking for organizations that may be interested in having us visit with a free adult program about local birds, bird feeding and bird watching.
There are general hobby or interest presentations that are appropriate for any time of the year and other programs that are more seasonally specific, more appropriately scheduled with comings and goings of our native birds.
Programs can be scheduled any time of day and any day of the week.
Here is the list of our current free programs:
The Joy of Backyard Bird Feeding (Year-round): Attracting birds is a great way to bring nature up close and into your backyard. As it is easy to attract up to 32 different species of native birds to a backyard, bird feeding will provide hours of entertainment. This program covers the different varieties of food and feeder options that attract the widest array of species, best practices of backyard feeding, solutions to nuisance birds and animals as well as tips on making your yard “Bird Friendly”.
Who Is That at My Feeder? (Year-round): A program on how to easily identify the most common birds found in our backyards. Some birds, like the Northern Cardinal, are easy to identify, while others, the wide variety of sparrows found hopping across the grass for instance, look so similar they can be mistaken for being all the same species. This program introduces many tips and tricks to distinguish the approximately 32 most common backyard bird species, bringing to light the surprising diversity of birds in our backyards.
Who Is That at My Feeder & The Great Backyard Bird Count (January and February): This program builds on our bird identification program by encouraging all to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The GBBC is an annual survey conducted by volunteers who provide data gathered from their own backyards to the scientists at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This data helps these scientists in determining bird populations and understanding changes in their movements. Participating in the GBBC is a fun way to give back to Nature as a citizen scientist.
Hawk Migration (August through October): Every year thousands of hawks migrate through New Jersey in the Fall. This program explains the hows and whys of hawk migration, reviews the many species of raptors seen in New Jersey, gives tips on the keys to identifying them in flight and finally acquaints listeners with several great New Jersey locales they can visit for hawk watching.
Fall Migration (August through October): During Autumn, hundreds of bird species take to the skies for warmer climates. In this program we explore why birds migrate, their varying methods of migration, the latest theories on the strategies that birds use to navigate as well as a look at the challenges they face in migration, both natural and manmade. The program finishes with a discussion of the different species to keep an eye out for as they come to settle in our area for the winter or continue South to warmer climes.
Welcome Home Your New Neighbors (March through June): Every Spring birds break out in song as they start their courtship rituals and begin the hunt for the best nesting spots. Providing good nesting habitat through vegetation or by providing nest boxes is a great way to have a closer interaction with nature. Our nesting program is an informative discussion on how to create and manage safe natural and artificial nesting options in the backyard. Watching young birds grow from hatchlings to flying off on their own as fledglings is great fun for all the family and a fantastic way to bring the family closer to nature.
Hummingbirds (March through September): Found only in the Americas, throughout the centuries, hummingbirds have captivated all who have watched them dance and hover through the air. This program begins with an investigation of the common attributes of the over 320 distinct species of hummingbird and then delves more deeply into the life and habits of Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the only hummingbird native to New Jersey. In addition, the program explains how to use plants and feeders to attract the Ruby-throated hummingbird to backyards.
If you are interested in having any of these programs presented, please contact me at your earliest convenience