Fauquier County Public Library

Family Program: Birds of Prey

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Birds of PreyMost of us know someone who likes to bird watch. It’s fun to put up a bird feeder and see which types of birds visit it—wrens, finches, cardinals, blue jays, maybe even a woodpecker or two.

What you probably won’t see at your backyard bird feeder are birds of prey, also known as raptors. These are birds that hunt and feed on other animals, such as hawks, eagles, buzzards, osprey and owls. If you are interested in learning more about these birds, the library has many resources to assist you.

Resources at Your Library

For a basic introduction to birds of prey, check out the book Birds of Prey by Floyd Scholz or Raptors of North America: Natural History and Conservation by Noel and Helen Snyder.

Owls are nocturnal birds of prey. You can often hear them at night, especially if you are near a wooded area.  The book Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival by James R. Duncan is a good introduction to owls. For information on the different types of owls, and beautiful color photographs, see the book Owls of the World:  A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola.

Learn More

Still curious? What do all birds of prey have in common? How do they hunt? Which birds of prey live in or around Fauquier County? Join us for Birds of Prey  a free program for the entire family. The seminar will be presented by Dr. David Wiedenfeld, Senior Conservation Scientist for the American Bird Conservancy.

Sunday, Feb 22, 2:00 p.m.
John Barton Payne Building
2 Courthouse Square
Old Town Warrenton

We hope to see you there!

Vicky, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

 

 

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