On Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – noon, Garner Light and his son Mitchel will be speaking on “Making Your Yard Bird Friendly.” The Memorial Library of Little Valley is pleased to sponsor this free program. Light refreshments will be served and a bird feeder will be given away as a door prize.

Garner, also known as “The Birdman of Gasport,” has been interested in wildlife and birds since he was a kid. He is the son-in-law of Ruth and Jess Brown, and is the co-creator of Iroquois Observations at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, N.Y., a nature/bird watching program that takes place on the refuge.

Garner is also involved with the National Audubon Christmas bird count. At Allegany State Park, he leads beginning bird watching walks for the annual Audubon Nature Pilgrimage. He has spoken to various groups about beginning bird watching, attracting Eastern bluebirds, cavity nesting birds, bird identification and bird feeding.

Garner’s 16-year-old son Mitchel is a sophomore at Royalton-Hartland Senior High in Middleport, N.Y. He has taken a keen interest in wildlife, especially reptiles and birds. Mitch has had an “eagle eye” since age 5. He would often correctly identify birds flying in the air while riding in the car. Mitch hopes to pursue an education in wildlife conservation.

For more information about the program, please call the library at (716) 938-6301.

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