Great American Backyard Bird Count is February 15-18.

When the weather outside is frightful…take a break and look out your window. You'll see drama of the feathered kind as it unfolds right in your own back yard. Not to worry, you won't be the odd duck in your neighborhood.  Just about everyone is doing it. According to the US Census Bureau, nearly one of every three Americans admits to watching and feeding wild birds.

Yes, birdwatching has become fashionable. And knowing how to identify your backyard visitors makes it more fun.

Heidi Hughes, author of “The Expert’s Guide to Backyard Birdfeeding,” will tell you what you need to know to identify the birds in your neighborhood and how to keep them coming with two free programs in January and February. She'll provide tips on how to save money on seed and feeders – and still get the birds you want to see. If you're having problems with a feeder or other birding equipment, bring it to the program and Heidi will take a look at it and tell you what you can do to make it work better.

The programs are being offered Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. at the Warren Senior/Community Center, 110 W. Johnson Ave., and Monday,  Feb. 11. 6:30 p.m. at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library.

She will also show you how you can help scientists keep track of bird populations by up-linking lists of the birds you're seeing at the website on the internet. And she'll have the details on how to participate in the Great American Backyard Bird Count February 15-18.

Bring your questions and she’ll have the answers for you.