Lincoln City Libraries and the Wachiska Audubon Society invite families to the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 17 at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street.
Activities include coloring bird silhouettes, making pine cone feeders, bird watching with binoculars and learning to identify bird songs. In addition to playing games and enjoying visits from live raptors, participants will join Dr. Paul Johnsgard -- local author, illustrator and world bird authority -- in drawing pictures of birds.
The program is part of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, which enlists citizens worldwide to gather data on wild birds. Bird watchers of all ages are encouraged to count birds February 16 through 19 and report them to Cornell University at gbbc.birdcount.org.