EASTON Pickering Creek Audubon Center's Great Backyard Bird Count event, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 18, will give visitors a chance to observe and count birds with experienced bird watchers any time during the three-hour event. Bird watching can be done on guided walks and or indoors at the center. There also will be games and activities for all ages.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is hosted by the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. The results provide a snapshot of the whereabouts of more than 600 bird species. Although it's called the Great "Backyard" Bird Count, the count extends well beyond backyards. Lots of participants choose to go to nearby sanctuaries, like Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
The event is open to the public free of charge. Registration is onsite at the Pickering Creek office. Participants can check out the results at www.bird count.org during the event, and watch as the tallies grow across North America.
The bird checklist compiled by participants during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count at Pickering Creek Audubon Center was one of more than 92,000 lists submitted across the United States and Canada. Combined, bird watchers identified 596 species with 11.4 million bird observations.
Support for the Great Backyard Bird Count at Pickering Creek Audubon Center is provided through TogetherGreen, a partnership between the National Audubon Society and Toyota to encourage community participation in conservation. Visit www.picker ingcreek.org or call the center office for more information about this event at 410-822-4903.