Wendy Rihner, education chairwoman of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, 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 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Each session is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Rihner will discuss how to become a bird-watcher, the types of local birds and places to watch for birds, how to become involved in bird-watching organizations and how to be supportive of the environment of birds and other creatures.
According to the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there were 47 million bird-watchers, 16 years and older, in the U.S. 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. The average birder is 53 years old and, more than likely, has a better-than-average income and education. Slightly more than half of birders are female.
Louisiana is along the Mississippi Flyway, meaning that birders have a rich environment for viewing migratory birds at various times during the year.
LIFE COACHING: Carol Fleischman, a life and business coach, will discuss tools and techniques for living a balanced and fulfilling life. This program is especially appropriate for older individuals looking to use the experiences of their past to create their desired futures. 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
HAM RADIO: The Crescent City Amateur Radio Group will hold an eight-night amateur radio technician course beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Students will take the national accreditation test on the final night of the course to get their amateur radio licenses.
SKYWARN: Learn how to become a storm spotter. Skywarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe-weather spotters who help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.