Learn to ID backyard birds at annual nature series talk

Staff photo by Amy Banton A Carolina chickadee hangs out in an Aiken resident's backyard. Many different local birds will be discussed in the Birds & Butterflies seminar Tuesday. View this story online at www.aikenstandard.com to see these photos in color.

Local bird enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn more about identifying their feathered friends or at least brush up on their birding skills.

Birds & Butterflies, a nature store located in downtown Aiken, is kicking off its annual nature seminar series on Tuesday with its “Identifying Backyard Birds” session.

For more than a decade, Birds & Butterflies has offered these nature seminars, and this session has been offered since the series started.

This seminar is led by store owner Ron Brenneman, who uses slides to show more than 60 different birds that can be seen at area homes or local parks and discusses the best time to spot them.

“It’s good for beginning birders and a good review for those who have been doing it for quite some time,” Brenneman said.

Brenneman said this year will be interesting because, apparently, there are some food shortages up north and certain species like the purple finch or the pine siskin may appear in this area. Brenneman said he hasn’t seen a purple finch in Aiken for about five years.

The seminar will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Birds & Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W.

Reservations are required since space is limited, and there’s a $5 non-refundable charge. Attendees 16 and younger are admitted free.

Some of the proceeds from the seminar series are donated to various nonprofit groups like the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary, the South Carolina Bluebird Society and Carolina Wildlife Care.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 649-7999.