Collaboration between Prendergast Library and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute will result in two opportunities for area residents to learn more about Roger Tory Peterson and the Peterson System of nature identification during January.
Tina Scherman, educator at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, will present a program called “For the Birds” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at Prendergast Library.
The 40-minute presentation geared for ages 8 and up is based on a children’s book, “For the Birds, The Life of Roger Tory Peterson” written by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Laura Jacques.
According to Ms. Scherman, “The well-researched text, beautiful illustrations, related objects and activities will allow participants to make personal, social, cultural, historical and scientific connections to this famous Jamestown figure.”
The educator will show items representing Peterson’s life, describe his system of nature identification and help participants practice it by playing a bird-identification game based on Jeopardy. She will also show copies of his well-known field guides.
Peterson is most famous for writing and illustrating “A Field Guide to Birds.” His roles as a naturalist, ornithologist, and environmentalist combined with skills as an artist, writer, and photographer helped millions of people learn about and appreciate the natural world.
The program is offered free of charge through funding provided by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. Information is available at 484-7135, www.prendergastlibrary.org, or on the library’s January programming calendar.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis St, Jamestown. Information is available at 665-2473 or rtpi.org.