West Texas has such a wealth of unique wildlife. One of the best things about living out here is being able to experience all the beauty that is West Texas. One such beauty is the birds. There are so many beautiful species, and all it takes is a little education to attract these birds to your garden season after season.

The People/Plant Connection will present Charles Floyd, professional birder and educator this Saturday, March 7th. Charles will show what plants will bring in different birds and the best way to feed desirable birds in your garden. Hill Country Nature Quest gives a short biography on Charles Floyd,

After spending 36 years as a public school science teacher and school administrator, he retired and turned his attention toward becoming a citizen scientist. He is a licensed master bird bander. His wife Nancy is also a licensed  bander.  Together they operate banding stations at the Hummer House, near Christoval, Texas.  They are currently conducting research involving Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Painted Buntings and migrant songbirds. They operate the South Concho River Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivability (MAPS) station at that location.

You’ll also learn how to get started birding. Birding is a very popular hobby for many gardeners. Find out what information to track and the best resources for the identification of the birds you’ll be bringing into your garden.

The seminar will be held at the 'Verde Gallery', formerly the Water Education Center, at 417 S. Oakes. (The yellow building on the right just over the Oakes Street Bridge) from 9-11 a.m.

Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be given away. The cost is $10 per person. Preregistration is required to assure handouts. Call 325-656-3104. Proceeds from these seminars go toward building the Children’s Adventure Garden under construction and scheduled to be up and running in June.