From Friday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 18, birding enthusiasts can help researchers learn more about birds by counting birds and reporting their findings online. The findings help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about birds worldwide and improve the chances of protecting them and their environments.
According to the Audubon Society, over 160,000 individuals participated in the GBBC last year and helped to create “the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.”
The Great Backyard Bird Count was started in 1998 and is now in its 22nd year. Arkansas is a great place to take part in the event, whether you’re peeking out your back window or out in the woods. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers and Arkansas state parks are especially great for bird watching.
Parks around the state will be hosting Backyard Bird Count events, so check out your favorite state park to see what they have going on. For example, Queen Wilhelmina State Park is kicking off the Great Backyard Bird Count early, starting this Friday at 5 p.m. Park interpreters will guide visitors around and point out birds. Also, Mount Magazine is hosting a Backyard Bird Count from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Park officials will be giving visitors an introduction to birding and giving out tips for attracting birds and wildlife to your own yard.
Don’t forget to participate in Arkansas Game and Fish’s Wings over Arkansas program. In this program, you can start of checklist of the bird species that you identify by sight or sound. Fill out the Arkansas Bird Checklist and you can receive a decorative pin and certificate attesting to your birding achievements.
Visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information or to record your sightings.
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