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February 14, 2020

Backyard Bird Count makes citizen scientists out of bird peepers

So many of us enjoy watching birds, dressed in all their bright colors, flitting about our yards in search of sustenance and singing away to inspire us on a spring morning.

It is estimated that more than 55 million Americans over the age of 16 feed wild birds and spend more than $3 billion a year on bird food, and $800 million a year on bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses and other bird feeding accessories.

This weekend, residents statewide can do more than merely watch birds; – they can count them, all for a good cause. Each year over President’s Day Weekend in February, tens of thousands of bird and nature enthusiasts throughout North America take part in The Backyard Bird Count. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, it’s a free event and an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to make an important contribution to conservation.

Anyone can take part, from novice bird watchers to experts, by counting birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and reporting their sightings online. Participants can also explore what birds others are finding in their backyards – in their own neighborhood or thousands of miles away.

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