Join us for the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count! Friday, February 14, 9 am – 10:30 am

The Nature Discovery Center will again take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 am for the count here at the Nature Discovery Center.  Families are welcome.  Registration is not required. We will meet at the front porch of the Nature Discovery Center.  If you are a little late, just find us in the park.

Bring a pair of binoculars, but if you don’t have any, we have some here you can borrow.  Please call or e-mail Mary Ann at least a day ahead of time so we can have a pair ready for you.

Bird watchers from around the world will take part in this annual event sometime between Friday, February 14, through Monday, February 17, 2020. Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers of all levels of birding experience to count birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges.

You can also add a checklist from your own back yard or favorite local birding spot. Checklists submitted by all “citizen scientists” help scientists and researchers learn more about how different bird species are doing, how their populations and ranges are changing, and how to protect them. The 2019 GBBC once again broke all previous records. People turned in 204,921 checklists from an estimated 224,781  participants in more than 130 countries.  Even more amazing is that bird watchers reported 6,699 species worldwide!  669 species were recorded in the United States. Columbia recorded the greatest number of species in 2019 with a whopping 1,095 species. Visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ to learn more about the count and to explore the results and check out species distribution, or shifts in abundance by looking at the maps and lists in their “Explore Data” section.