A cold winter day is a good time to see a parade of colorful birds stop at your feeder for a meal. This steady cast of birds will include your local backyard favorites such as cardinals and woodpeckers, but you will also see species that are only here for a short time. On Wednesday, February 1st, the Hopewell Public Library presents Winter Birds at the Feeder with Hannah Suthers, at 7:00pm at the Hopewell Train Station.
January through March is a good time to look for winter visitors who come to New Jersey to spend the winter. Red-breasted nuthatch, pine siskins and white-throated sparrows are just a few you may be lucky to attract with your winter bird food. Hannah Suthers, using slides of hand-held birds from her 40 years of bird-banding research in the Sourlands, will demonstrate a systematic way of identifying those little brown birds that come to the feeder.
As far back as she can remember, Hannah was fascinated with birds. Growing up on Maui, she “became” a bird at age 5, trying to fly down from the branches of orchard trees or the garage roof and has a scar on her thigh to show for it. Bird studies became an passionate hobby. She had her bird-banding permit when she graduated from college in 1953, and as a volunteer ornithologist she has studied birds in the field in Michigan, Brazil, Central America and New Jersey, and has published many research papers.
A homemaker while the children were young, she later became a professional research assistant in biology at Princeton University for 28 years. Retired, she now devotes her time to all things bird, including biological inventories of birds and plants at the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding and Research Station ,which she founded in 1977, at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve and Mt. Rose Preserve.
Hopewell Public Library’s Wednesday Night Out Series is held at the Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough, on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information check our website at redlibrary.org, on Facebook, or call 466-1625.