The 2016 edition of Birds & Butterflies’ Nature Series will start in January with a seminar about identifying backyard birds.
The series will end in October with a field trip to Hitchcock Woods to learn about the urban forest’s history and ecology.
The 20 events on the schedule will be the most programs offered during a Nature Series by the downtown store, which launched the educational effort more than 10 years ago.
“Our Nature Series continues to be very popular,” said Ron Brenneman, who owns Birds & Butterflies with his wife, Dori. “This year, we had an attendance of around 700 people, and we’re looking forward to another good year in 2016.”
The subjects of the seminars will include snakes, owls, hummingbirds, bluebirds and wild flowers.
Among the several new events on the Nature Series program is a seminar on Jan. 26 about restoring the health and integrity of Hitchcock Woods.
“There has been all the controversy about the thinning in the Woods, and this will be a good chance for people to come out and actually learn about what they are doing and why they are doing it,” Brennaman said. “I’m expecting a good crowd at that one.”
The subjects of the other new seminars include red-cockaded woodpeckers, Carolina dogs and nesting seabirds and shorebirds of South Carolina.
There will be one new field trip, a bird walk in Hitchcock Woods, on April 9.
In general, there will be a $5 non-refundable charge for each seminar or field trip, and reservations are required. Anyone who is 16 years of age or younger, however, can participate for free.
The Build a Bluebird Nest Box event for children ages 12 and under on Feb. 27 is free.
For more information, call Birds & Butterflies at 803-649-7999.
Birds & Butterflies, 117 Laurens Street N.W., sells products used in feeding and watching birds, nature-related gifts and other items.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard.