The Northwest Branch Library's Clif Moss Nature Education Center has announced the first of a series of bird watching programs in the Coastal Bend for adults and families.

Beth Hoekje, the Waterbird Watch Monitor at Indian Point Park in Portland, Texas will present the first program, "An Introduction to Bird Watching," at 2 p.m. March 8 in the library's community meeting room at 3202 McKinzie Road.

Hoekje will talk about getting started in bird watching, including topics such as field marks, habitats and use of binoculars. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have some, but not to buy binoculars before the meeting, since Hoekje will provide information on how to purchase good binoculars for bird watching.

The programs are free. Call 241-9329 to reserve a seat or for more information.

Other bird-watching programs will be held at the library on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

On March 15, photographer and birdwatcher Jimmy Jackson will present "Photographic Look at the Common Birds of the Coastal Bend." Jackson will present photographs of the birds of this area and explain how and where to spot these birds.

On March 22, Bob Creglow, long-time participant at the Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch, will speak on "Identifying Hawks" and discuss the raptors that migrate through the area twice a year.

On March 29, expert birder and tour guide Jon McIntyre will speak about identifying sparrows and why all little brown birds aren't House Sparrows.

On April 5, Hoekje will address identifying and distinguishing shorebirds.

On April 12, Tony Baylis will present "How to Photograph Birds." Baylis will show his photographs and explain how the average photographer can learn to take great bird pictures.