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Lunch & Nature: Great Houses for Great Birds with Author & Educator Elissa Wolfson

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Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its Wednesday Lunch and Learn program on August 20 at 11:15am. Following the luncheon author and educator Elissa Wolfson will discuss Great Houses for Great Birds.

Where natural habitat is scarce, birds can benefit from human-provided homes…and humans can benefit from their presence! During the course of her Lunch and Learn presentation Elissa Wolfson will share which birds can use a helping hand and how best to serve their needs. Learn the latest in bird home design for two sets of birds: those that take up residence inside traditional birdhouses, including wood ducks, kestrels, and of course, bluebirds—as well as those such as ospreys, great blue herons and loons that nest on human structures “outside the box.” We’ll explore the reasons behind birdhouse building, especially where natural habitat is scarce, the latest in birdhouse innovations, and how people everywhere are helping birds by providing them with safe homes.

Elissa Wolfson is an Ithaca, New York-based writer/editor specializing in environmental, veterinary, and ornithological issues. She is author of “101 Cool Games for Cool Cats”, and co-author of the Audubon Birdhouse Book (Voyageur Press, 2013), which was produced in association with the National Audubon Society.

The Audubon Birdhouse Book explains how to build and place functional do-it-yourself bird homes that are safe and appropriate for 25 classic North American species. Each of the easy-to-build boxes is accompanied by cut lists, specially created line diagrams, and step-by-step photography, making the projects accessible to those with even the most rudimentary woodworking skills. These projects are the product of years of experience and field-testing, providing sound advice regarding proper design, safe construction materials, and correct birdhouse placement to mitigate exposure to elements, pests, and predators. Copies of Elissa Wolfson’s books will be available for signing following the talk.

Advanced Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon on August 18 to make your luncheon reservation and entrée selection (Baked Chicken). For those over 60 years of age the suggested donation is $5.00 per person. For all others, Coastal Lunch and Learn program is an affordable dining choice at $6.00 per person.

Can’t make it to lunch? Community members are always welcome to attend the Center’s Wednesday Learn portion of the day’s Lunch and Learn program, which will begin at noon.

If you’d like more information about these topics or Spectrum Generations or would like to schedule an interview with Elissa Wolfson please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at