Andrew Emlen will speak about bird species having special stories connected with the Columbia River. The program is co-sponsored by Willapa Hills Audubon Society and Friends of Skamokawa, is free and will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the River Life Interpretive Center (Redmen Hall) in Skamokawa.

Since starting the Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count circle in 1998 sponsored by WHAS, Emlen has been the organizer and compiler for the count. He has conducted shorebird census for US Fish and Wildlife, helping to establish the Lower Columbia as a national Important Bird Area, and leads field trips for WHAS, Washington Ornithological Society, and the American Birding Association. He is currently co-owner and guide for Columbia River Kayaking.

Following Emlen’s program, Keith Hoofnagle, retired chief artist for the National Park Service, will read from his book “The Story of Linda Lookout.” The history of fire lookouts, originally published in 1965, was recently re-published.