Get a birds-eye view of Ohio plants and animals during the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries 2016 annual meeting.

Get a birds-eye view of Ohio plants and animals during the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries 2016 annual meeting.

On Nov. 10, Jim McCormac, a noted birder, botanist, writer and photographer, will share his long-time fascination with the natural world -- from timber rattlesnakes and prairie warblers to lakeside daisies and woodchucks -- during the program "A Romp through Ohio's Flora and Fauna."

The event will start at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. As always, it is free and open to Friends members and the public.

McCormac writes a nature column for the Columbus Dispatch, and has made significant contributions in Ohio in the areas of conservation and education. Want to raise a generation of nature lovers and conservationists? Get children outside, he says, even if that's just the backyard.

"In my view, the best way to get kids interested in nature is to get them out in it. And then show them some cool stuff ... One of the best ways to go about this is to encourage the planting of native plants. With so many kids so pressed for time these days ... the backyard may be the most likely place for exposure to something cool. As nearly all of our native fauna is co-evolved with native flora, a yard full of native plants is FAR more likely to attract interesting birds, insects and other critters."

A Worthington native, McCormac was named 2014 Conservation Communicator of the Year by the League of Ohio Sportsmen, and has written or co-written six books, including "Birds of Ohio" and "Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage," which won a 2010 Ohioana Book Award.

McCormac's virtual walk in the woods will last approximately one hour.

Immediately after his presentation, there will be a short business meeting as part of the Friends Foundation annual meeting (for which the public is welcome to stay), which includes the election of the 2016-17 officers.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.