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Noticed any birds lately? If you’re considering ways to add more nature to your life, then the virtual Zoom lecture on birding might be your ticket back to nature. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 15, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s (GARNA) Executive Director, Dominique Naccarato, will host this virtual introduction to birding.

The event explains how birding is a way for anyone to interact with nature anytime and anywhere. You can engage in birding from the car, while hiking or biking or even alongside serious birders who keep a “life list.” Birding is the ideal hobby for nature-lovers of all ages and abilities.

Naccarato will uncover the basics of birding, including how to identify flight patterns, body and beak shape and function and bird sounds. She will also introduce a wide range of topics including how to use binoculars, where to find birds, how to attract them to your yard, how to conserve and provide bird habitat and how bird behavior can provide insight into what’s happening in neighborhoods or ecosystems.

Soaring high. photo by S.Hobbs

Naccarato has been GARNA’s director for the past three years, but she began learning about birding under the mentorship of the GARNA Birding Club leaders Andrew Mackie, Denny Arter and Sally Waterhouse when she first began working at GARNA in 2013.

According to Naccarato, birding continues to teach her to take a system’s level view and to value a “sit-spot” for viewing birds and their habitat.

Pre-registration is required. Program tickets are three dollars for member and six dollars for non-members.

The lecture will be followed up with a birding hike. More information on the hike will be presented at the lecture. Click here to pre-register for the event.