The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center (EWBC) is offering a variety of programs for families and adults this April. The months kicks off with several fun and educational activities introducing you to the Purple Martin birds and how to identify animals from their droppings.

April 1, individuals (ages 16 and up) can attend an “Introduction to Project Martin Watch” from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The program will include a presentation on Purple Martins and their migrating habits, information on how to volunteer for the project, and training on collecting data and installing/maintaining a Purple Martin house.

The Purple Martin Watch is a continent-wide scientific project where volunteers monitor purple martin nests from the beginning of nest construction until the last fledgling has left. The data collected by the Project Martin Task Force helps scientists determine the population’s reproductive success throughout its habitat range.

From 3 – 4 p.m., the EWBC will present “Who Dung It?” for families. Animal droppings, also known as dung or scat, can give clues as to what animals have been on the trails. Join staff on an investigative walk to discover who “dung” it. Learn to detect and identify animals by their droppings, tracks, and other signs.

Both programs are free with regular paid admission: $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. Children ages 5 and under and those with an EWBC family membership are free.

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg, Texas. For information or to register for either program call (956) 381-9922 or visit www.edinburgwbc.org.