Birding in Brunswick
Learn about the local bird life with an expert birder.
Jill Peleuses knows birds, including those that inhabit Brunswick County. She will conduct three sessions of a Birding in Brunswick workshop through the Town of Leland Parks & Recreation Department beginning February 27.
Peleuses, owner of Wild Bird & Garden with stores in Wilmington and Southport, says that among the topics she’ll discuss in Session I will be bird species in Brunswick County, where and how they nest, how to find them and how to attract them to your yard.
“Don’t feel overwhelmed by trying to identify the bird right away,” she says. “Just enjoy that kind of peaceful moment with the bird.”
To help identify birds, Peleuses recommends The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America or Birds of the Carolinas. This latter one is good for birdwatching neophytes, especially since it has a color section. “If you see a red bird, you go to the red section,” Peleuses says. Both books are available at Wild Bird & Garden stores.
She says a good pair of binoculars is also important. “Binoculars are kind of like shoes,” she says. “You have to see what works for you.”
Session II of Birding in Brunswick meets March 12. The group will go to Founders Park on Leland Drive down from the Town Hall and walk around to spot birds. “Urban birds are in that area — bluebirds, mockingbirds and species of woodpeckers,” Peleuses says.
Brunswick Town is the venue for Session III on March 26. Peleuses says birds in that area include herons, egrets, owls, turkeys, hummingbirds and painted buntings, along with woodpeckers and cuckoos.
“This is such a nice natural area to see the birds that live here,” says Zoey LeTendre, program coordinator at Leland Parks & Recreation. “With the three-part session there is something for everyone.” She adds that Peleuses started a bird walk in Founders Park in 2013 and her sessions have become more sophisticated since then.
Peleuses earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at UNC Wilmington and her master’s in public administration with a focus on natural resource management. “I did as many bird studies as I possibly could because I love it so much,” she says.
A fact she cites is that the bird population has been reduced by about 3 billion birds since the 1970s due to land development. “We’re seeing so much of it in our county because coastal areas are wonderful places to live and so many people are moving this way.”
Peleuses suggests people help stabilize the bird population by providing native plants to attract birds and adding birdfeeders and birdhouses to give birds every opportunity to survive.
What is the first thing people should know about birding?
“Just enjoy the moment,” Peleuses she says. “Take it all in and really focus on the birds while you have the opportunity to do so.”
Birding in Brunswick
February 27, March 12 and March 26
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland
Cost is $12 per session for Leland residents and $20 for nonresidents. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Bring water and a snack to the sessions if you’d like.
More information: wildbirdgardeninc.com