Bluebird Experts Speak at Weymouth
Frances Outhwaite and Pamela Kirby, of Gibsonville, both experts on the habits and activities of bluebirds, will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, in Southern Pines.
Children and their parents are invited to hear Outhwaite, who is the Alamance County coordinator for the North Carolina Bluebird Society, and Kirby, who authored the recently published book "What Bluebirds Do," and will have copies for sale at the event.
The winner of an award from the Sierra Club in 2003 in recognition of all the programs she has given to schools and clubs, and the recipient of the 2007 North Carolina Bluebird Society's Distinguished Service Award, Outhwaite has been a frequent visitor at Weymouth as a writer-in-residence and says she wants to return Weymouth's hospitality by sharing her knowledge of bluebirds.
She started a bluebird trail at Cedarock Park in Alamance County, which now has 30 boxes in place at the park. She says it is important that bluebird nests be monitored on a weekly basis from April through Aug. 1. She will show a film, "Bluebirds in the Nest Box," and will have samples of the nests with eggs to show.
Kirby is a photographer whose images have been published in Nature Photography magazine and Web site. The recipient of the grand prize in the Birder's World Photo Contest, she has exhibited her images to raise money for schools and for wildlife conservation causes.
"We will cover the entire life cycle of the bluebirds, and Fran, in her wisdom, knows everything that God made about birds. It will be a lovely family program," says Kirby. " We invite children especially to share this wonderful afternoon with two women who realized our bluebirds were in danger of extinction and did something about it."
For information, call (910) 692-6261.
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