Birds add a cheerful presence any time they are around, but that is particularly true in a long Iowa winter. They add color, interest and animation to an otherwise static and usually white backdrop. Do you ever wonder if birds need to eat more in the winter? What you can supply in your yard to help birds survive unpredictable and often times harsh environments? ISU Extension and Outreach in Cherokee County, in partnership with Western Iowa Tech Community College and Hy-Vee, is offering a "Learning with Lunch" program on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. to help answer some of these questions. The program will be held at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Campus in Cherokee and will be taught by Iowa Master Gardeners, Robin Corzilius and Barb Kindwall. These ladies will show you some types of food for birds and squirrels you can feed this winter. They will also discuss the special needs birds will have during the cold months. Information will also be shared on preventing rabbit and deer damage to landscape plantings. Cost for the program is $6 per person, which includes lunch.Pre-registration is required and will be taken until December 12 to assure the correct number of lunches are available. Please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at (712) 225-6196, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to preregister. "Learning with Lunch" is a series of workshops focusing on a different topic each month through April 2012. January's program will be "Steps to a Richer Retirement."