Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Great Backyard Bird Count by Sandy Stickel

© Sandy Stickel

On President’s weekend, I participated in the
Great Backyard Bird Count for the first time. I’ve intended to get involved in past years, but somehow always missed the actual days to participate. It was easy and fun for someone like me who always has a feeder out and can spend hours watching the various species come in for a bite. You merely pick a day or more during the designated timeframe (Feb. 14-17, 2014), print out a list of birds expected to be seen in your area from the website, and watch and count for 15 minutes or more. Then you report what you saw, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology along with the Audubon Society compiles all the info to use in keeping track of bird populations and in many other bird studies. You can count from the warmth of your home, or go on a walk in your favorite park or woods – whatever strikes your fancy. I’ll definitely watch again!
Submitted by Bucks County Master Gardener Sandy Stickel

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