1. Friday: Birding Basics
From 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Feb. 2: Enjoy this informative class with Randy McCormick designed to help novice birders identify birds.
The classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species as well as effective use of binoculars and field guides.
Attendees will then learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills.
2. MIFA winter film series continues
Movies include “The Mill & The Cross” (2011) on Wednesday, Jan. 31; “Loving Vincent” (2017) on Feb. 14 and “Frida” (2002) on Feb. 28. All movies shown at 10 a.m. at Marco Movies, Marco Walk Plaza, 599 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island.
For tickets, call Lindy at 239-389-1333 or Clara at 239-404-0657 or Claire at 239-642-9481. Cost is $20 for all four shows. Information: marcoarts.org.
3. On display now: Museum of the Everglades dual exhibits
Museum of the Everglades is proud to present a unique dual exhibit: “Wind Across the Everglades – Celebrating 60 Years” in tandem with “Plume Hunting – From the Forefront of Fashion to the Brink of Extinction” in the Pauline Reeves Gallery.
The exhibit will be on display from now until Feb. 17, at Museum of the Everglades, 105 W Broadway, Everglades City.
“Wind Across the Everglades” is the dramatic story of Audubon Warden Walt Murdoch, played by Christopher Plummer in his first starring role, fighting to protect endangered birds from a cutthroat gang of plume hunting poachers led by the ruthless “Cottonmouth” - played by a surprisingly sinister Burl Ives.
The “Plume Hunting” portion of the exhibit provides the history of the illegal trade on which the story of the film is based. At the turn of the last century, the demand for fancy feathers for ladies’ hats was so great that the plumes were worth more than their weight in gold.