ECOmmunity program 
to feature ornithologist

WOODSTOCK – The “Winter is For the Birds” meet-up, canceled last month because of snow, has been rescheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at ECOmmunity’s lunch-hour discussion group that meets at the Woodstock Square Mall, 110 S. Johnson St.

The public is invited to meet a top habitat expert and learn how to help wild birds survive the winter, Diane Ayers, program coordinator, said in a news release.

The workshop is hosted by the ECOmmunity Public Action Network of McHenry County.

The guest speaker is ornithologist Mark Spreyer, executive director of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington, who will bring information about winter habitats, advice for backyard bird feeders, and ideas to help those attending create their own bird-friendly haven this spring.

The roundtable format allows time for each participant to ask questions and share project ideas. Those gathered also will learn how to make a bird feeder using an empty pop bottle, duct tape and a stick.

A celebrated naturalist and author, Spreyer is an organizer and past director of Chicago’s Peregrine Falcon release program, the news release said. Spreyer specializes in the study of raptors and habitats. He has worked with wildlife refuges, museums and nonprofits throughout the nation, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, National Audubon Society and Chicago Academy of Sciences.

Spreyer now directs programs at the Stillman Nature Center, and also teaches environmental biology at the College of Lake County.

ECOmmunity Green Bag Meetups are open to the public. Attendees may arrive or leave whenever they like during the program, bring their own lunch (coffee and ice water are provided) or just come to join the conversation, the press release said. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues after the program. A donation of $5 a person is requested to help cover program costs.

The ECOmmunity Public Action Network is an eco-friendly interest group that hosts monthly programs on a range of environmental topics, according to the press release. Individuals, businesses and community groups are invited to share information about their own “green”-themed projects, products or services.

Tabletop display space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about the ECOmmunity Public Action Network and its Green Bag Lunch Meet-Up Series, call 815-337-2040, email ECOnet.mchenry@gmail.com or visit “ECOmmunity Network” on Facebook.

If you go

What: “Winter is For the Birds!” ECOmmunity Green Bag Meet-up

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16

Where: Woodstock Square Mall, second floor, 110 S. Johnson St.

Who: Public invited

Cost: $5 donation requested

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