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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

On Feb. 13 through Feb. 16, tens of thousands of bird lovers will join the great Backyard Bird Count – and, for 15 minutes, they will  tally the numbers and kinds of birds they see.

This gives scientists answers to many questions on how bird populations are influenced by weather and climate change.

Go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org to join in the bird count. Just spend 15 minutes — any place, any time, and fill out a check list of all the birds you see or hear.

The Great Backyard Bird Count was launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. The program gives a real-time snapshot of where birds are.

Upcoming group events include:

CHATHAM, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m.: Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Road.
Join fellow birders, CLC staff, and guest expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY to become citizen scientists for the morning. Identify and count birds at feeders, and collect data for the GBBC. Some binoculars and bird field guides will be available; bring your own if you have them. Wear plenty of warm layers, preferably not cotton or jeans; considerable time will be spent standing in one place counting the birds. Hot tea and cocoa will be provided!
Contact: 518.392.5252, ext 207; visit http://www.clctrust.org/events/.

COOPERSTOWN, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.:
Brookwood Point, 6000 State Route 80.
Local birding expert Becky Gretton will lead the group around Brookwood Point learning about bird habitats and behavior. Look and listen to identify many species  then submit group findings to the GBBC.

Following the bird count, at 11:30 a.m., anyone interested may meet Otsego Land Trust staff and hobby ornithologist, Lydia Scheeren at the Cooperstown Art Association classroom space (22 Main St., Cooperstown) to build buebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes. The first box built by each participant will be posted at one of OLT’s Blueway public access sites to promote healthy aviary habitats. The second box built by each participant may be taken home with them for their own yard. Hot cider and donuts will be served at the classroom. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult. No dogs please.

This event is free. No attendance limit for the bird count; however, space in the bird box workshop is limited to 15. To register for the workshop, call  Sara at 607-547-2366 or email sara@otsegolandtrust.org/.

POUGHKEEPSIE, Feb. 13-16, Kimlin Cider Mill, 140 Cedar Ave.:
For the third year participating in the GBBC at the Mill, spend about an hour in the morning at the Mill, counting the birds that can be observed. To participate, call 845-462-2516 or email cidermillfriends@gmail.com/.

Gloria Mazure

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