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Birding instruction at Literacy Day in Anastasia State Park

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Bird lovers will have an opportunity to meet park volunteer and author Arliss Ryan, whose works include the Quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, Sanctuary. She will be leading a Literacy Day program at Anastasia State Park on September 8, 2014 about the hobby of birding.

The Birds & Books - Literacy Day is geared to kick-off the new season of bird walks at Anastasia and Fort Mose State Parks while celebrating International Literacy Day. In keeping with the birding theme, Arliss Ryan's latest novel Sanctuary is about a newly hired caretaker of a New England estate who finds herself in the company of avid birders, aspiring artists, community theatre thespians and conservationists who challenge her capacity to do the job.

The event will begin with an "Introduction to Birding" program at the hilltop picnic pavilion. Participants will learn how to ID birds, what to anticipate on a bird walk, as well as receive an invitation to come to other September bird walks. Upon completion of the lesson, non-fiction books about birds and birding field guides will be presented and a participants will receive a reading list of the books to take home. Interested participants are invited to take a short bird walk over the boardwalk and to the beach at the end of the event.

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. on September 8, 2014. In recognition of International Literacy Day the park entrance fee is waived for anyone who presents a library card, library book or donates a new or gently-used book. For more information about the park visit the Anastasia State Park website.

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