Free family workshop: How Do Birds Survive in Winter?

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UNION — On Saturday, March 23, Dirigo Learning will be offering How Do Birds Survive in Winter?, a free hands-on family workshop about the foods that local birds rely on during the winter.

While many Maine birds migrate south during the winter months, there are many hardy species who overwinter right here in the local landscape. These birds have adapted for survival in the harsh Maine winter, but even still, late winter can be a hungry time of year as food stores are at their thinnest after months of feedings.

The workshop, lead by Dirigo Learning founder Robin Huntley, will teach participants how to identify some of the food sources that local birds rely on in late winter. Families will get to spend time in nature, using the library’s small nature trail and wooded area as an outdoor classroom. Learning will be experiential, hands-on, and nature-based.

How Do Birds Survive in Winter? participants will get to help collect specimens of winter foods for birds for future library visitors to learn about. Recycled, upcycled, and repurposed materials will be provided for making simple bird feeding tools, and art materials will be shared for writing and drawing about birds and winter foods sources. 

Together, learners will help to curate a Hands-On Museum collection for the library’s children’s room. The exhibit will be accompanied with educational materials created by Dirigo Learning, allowing library visitors to explore the content taught in the workshop even after the event has taken place.

The activities included in the workshop have been designed with amateur naturalists in mind, as it is part of the library’s children’s programming. However, families are welcome to attend the program together for an intergenerational learning experience. 

Registration is strongly recommended, both for guaranteeing space in the program and to ensure you can be contacted in case of changes in schedule, according to Dirigo Learning, in a news release.

Families can email or call 785-4733 to reserve space. 

Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, as portions of the program will take place outside in almost any weather.

How do Birds Survive in Winter? is part of the Vose Library’s Human/Nature series, an ongoing educational series inviting local youth to explore and learn about the natural world.

Each month, the Vose Library hosts two events relating to a nature-based theme – one taught by Dirigo Learning, and one offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Knox-Lincoln County 4H program. 

How Do Birds Survive in Winter?, as well as other events in the Human/Nature series, is supported by the Maine Community Foundation’s Knox County Fund and the William Pullen Fund.

Dirigo Learning facilitates and promotes community-based education in Midcoast and Central Maine and is an affiliate of the Community Based Education Network (CBEdu), a national initiative centered around deepening sense of place and utilizing local resources as catalysts for learning. 

Dirigo Learning launched in 2017, and offers workshops, community events, community-based curriculum, and educational consulting services. 

For more information, contact director Robin Huntley at

Event Date: 

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:30am

Event Location: 

Vose Library