“Nature’s Wonders – Woodcocks of the Prairie”: Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at McDowell Nature Center, 1522 York Road. Join McDowell staff for a look at this rare and elusive bird, which is rarely spotted except at this time of year as it puts on an aerial mating display. Register at parkandrec.com or call 704-588-5224.
“Orchids”: Feb. 3, noon-1 p.m. at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. See the garden’s most impressive exotic gems during this First Tuesday presentation with Joe Dorrian, orchid curator. Bring lunch, if you like. Free with garden admission. Details: www.DSBG.org or 704-825-4490.
“Birds of the Yard”: Feb. 13 6-9 p.m.; Feb. 14 9 a.m.- noon; and Feb. 15 1-4 p.m., Rogers Hall at Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. Three-session course presented by UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will be led by Jeff Thomas. Learn to identify birds that visit your yard and techniques for luring them back. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. Course fee is $99.