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Friends of the Pine Island Library: Celebrating the Year of the Bird in 2018

June 13, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

The National Geographic Society, Audubon and Cornell University's Ornithology Lab have designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act Treaty. Congress passed this treaty act in 1918 to protect migrating birds from wanton killing. The January National Geographic magazine wondered, "One reason that wild birds matter - ought to matter - is that they are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding" (p.41).

The Pine Island Library subscribes to National Geographic and each month since this January, there has been wonderful articles about birds and birding. Online resources are ; the;

Pine Island is celebrated for its natural spaces and is recognized for its bird life. Whether you are a casual observer, a passionate bird lister, an artist or a photographer, Pine Island is the place to be! In recognition of the Year of the Bird, the Friends of the Pine Island Library plan several programs this fall when it will once again be bird migration season. Below is a brief overview of a few of the Friends' planned programs. More information will be available closer to the dates.

In September, the Friends are offering a series of free art classes for Pine Island students ages 10-18 with Pine Island artist Zan Lombardo. Funds were raised for this activity from a concert held by Pine Island musician Annie Wenz in January. Registration for Magnificent Bird Pastels will open Aug. 1. Prior to that, the stunning video, "Winged Migration," is available at the library for check out. Zan suggested this movie for "students to have an overview of many species of birds before they choose the one bird they want to learn from. The incredible journeys birds embark upon every year together, the hardships they endure along their ways, the grandeur of the landscapes they traverse, the breathtaking viewpoints from above that we as humans rarely glimpse, the graceful beauty of their bodies in flight will give the students an appreciation of birds in general."

In October, the Friends will partner with the Calusa Land Trust on a Bird Bingo game! Play bird bingo, walk on CLT trails and preserves and win prizes! One of the boxes that will be easy to fill in will be a "how to take pictures of birds" class with Martha Huard. The bingo sheet with Calusa Land Trust brochure will be available at the library at the end of September.

Readers may recall that in 2015, we had a spirited contest to choose a Pine Island flag. Recently, Eagle editor Ed Franks encouraged the Friends to have a bird photo contest and plans are in the works for this November, so stay tuned!



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