Wildlife biologist Mark Auten will discuss the success of a Lake Norman great blue heron project in a free program 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St.
The nest-building and monitoring project, sponsored by Duke Energy, started in November 2009 as an experiment to see whether artificial platforms would work for the birds.
The program is cosponsored by the nonprofit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, which works to improve wildlife habitats in and around Lake Norman.
Also, the N.C. Wildlife Federation will present its first Jerry Barrows Osprey Memorial Award to a volunteer for conservation work on Lake Norman.
The award memorializes longtime volunteer Jerry Barrows and his hard work on Lake Norman's islands, said Tim Gestwicki, federation executive director.
Barrows, who died in 2009, had a special love for ospreys and all other wild creatures that make the lake and its islands their home, Gestwicki said. The federation plans to present the trophy each year to volunteers who share Barrows' passion for wildlife conservation.
The program will also detail conservation work planned this year.
Reservations aren't needed. Details: 704-877-4788; www.lakenormanwildlife.org.