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Creator of ‘For the Birds’ radio program to open 'Thursdays at the U' series

| Linda Tollefsrud

Photo caption: Laura Erickson will speak at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 to kick off the "Thursdays at the U" fall series at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County in Rice Lake. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

Author, educator and award-winning bird expert Laura Erickson will present “101 Ways to Help Birds” Sept. 8 for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County "Thursdays at the U" lecture.

Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson

The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. Those who cannot attend in person can watch the livestream.

Erickson has written 12 books about birds, including “101 Ways to Help Birds” and “The Bird Watching Answer Book” for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for Bird Watching magazine. Since 1986 Erickson has produced the long-running “For the Birds” radio program for many public radio stations; the program also is podcast on iTunes.

Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer and science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her awards include the 2022 Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s Golden Passenger Pigeon Award, the 2020 Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union’s Thomas Sadler Roberts Memorial Award and the 2014 American Birding Association’s Roger Tory Peterson Award.

The "Thursdays at the U" weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at