EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Steven Albert has been an avid birder for over 50 years, ever since a downy woodpecker in his apartment courtyard caught his eye. An East Brunswick resident for 30 years, he frequently birds around town and in his backyard.  He will bring his knowledge of East Brunswick’s bird population to the East Brunswick Library at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, for a program on “Birding in East Brunswick.”

Albert’s talk is part of the Option Green lecture series offered by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission in partnership with the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

A member of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, Albert leads bird walks around town in the winter and spring. He will discuss the variety of bird habitats in town, from the grassy meadows of Heavenly Farms to the woodlands of Dallenbach’s and small woodlots everywhere.  There are the open spaces of Edgeboro Landfill and its surrounding marshes, and the lakes and ponds of Dallenbachs, Farrington, and Abraham Shalit Park. East Brunswick hosts a surprising variety of summer breeders, overwintering raptors and waterfowl, migrants and local residents.  Albert will offer a visual tour of these local birding hotspots and some of the more than 200 species that have been observed in East Brunswick.  

The Friends of EBEC is a nonprofit, all-volunteer citizens group dedicated to local environmental education and conservation. In addition to its Option Green speakers series the Friends sponsors National Moth Week, Freecycling Days, Amphibian Protection, Community Garden, Butterfly Park, Moth Nights and events that help to educate the public about the environment and sustainable practices. Membership is free. For more information, go to friendsebec.com.