Sunday, February 10, 2008
media contact: Dolly Cummings
Don't forget to count the birds!
Millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers can make their fascination with nature add up for science and for the future during the 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, led by Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. During "Presidents' Day" weekend, February 1518, 2008.
People of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part wherever they areat home, in schoolyards, at local parks or wildlife refuges, even counting birds on a balcony. Observers count the highest number of each species they see during at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days. Then they enter their tallies on the Great Backyard Bird Count web site www.birdcount.org.
"People who take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count see the results of their efforts in the news and in bird conservation work taking place across the country, said Audubon Education VP, Judy Braus. "Whether the counts occur at home, at schools or nature centers, they're more than engaging and educational science activities for young people and adults, they're a way to contribute to the conservation of birds and habitat nationwide."
For more information on how to participate, including identification tips, photos, bird sounds, maps, and information on over 500 bird species, visit www.birdcount.org.
This Citizen Science alert is brought to you by the Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center in Ruskin, www.campbayou.org , a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Photo: This green heron took a moment out of his busy morning fishing to stand and be counted for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Note: There are additional press resources located at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/press if you want more detailed information.