Wendy Rihner will lead a two-night program on the basics of bird-watching at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 and 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.
Each session is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Rihner, education chairwoman of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, will discuss how to become a bird-watcher, the types of local birds and local places to watch for birds, how to become involved in local bird-watching organizations and, in general, how to be supportive of the environment of birds and other creatures. She will discuss where to look for birds, what to look for, how to listen and birding etiquette.
According to the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there were 47 million bird-watchers, or birders, 16 years of age and older in the United States in 2011 — about 20 percent of the population. To be counted as a birder, an individual must have taken a trip 1 mile or more from home for the primary purpose of observing birds or have closely observed or tried to identify birds around the home. The average birder is 53 years old and more than likely has a better-than-average income and education.