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Great Backyard Bird Count: Something Fun to Do

I am not a bird watcher, but I love watching birds.  I can only identify a handful of common birds, but I notice birds everywhere.  

Sitting on wires 

Photo by Ansel Adams


In the yard

Millions of Americans identify themselves as bird watchers, including lots of kids and teens.  There is a lot of attention dedicated to birds and bird watching in February.  February is National Bird Feeders Month.  The Great Backyard Bird Count will be held February 18-21, 2011.  People of all ages and skill levels are needed to count birds in their yards, neighborhoods, or other locations across the United States and Canada.  Simply tally birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count, then go to www.birdcount.org to enter the highest number of each species seen at any one time. 

Great Backyard Bird Count Events:

Saturday February 19, 2011 10 AM-2 PM

Audubon Society of Western PA–Beechwood Farms

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is celebrating the GBBC with free workshops on binoculars, bird seed, and bird feeders. See live birds of prey and participate in birding games and activities.  

Sunday February 20, 2011  8 AM -10 AM

Emerald View Park  Mt. Washington

Join us for a birding outing in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Help keep records of the birds we see and hear.  Participants should dress for the weather, bring binoculars, and come ready to hike on trails.  Meet at the Mt. Washington CDC office, 301 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211.  For more information, contact 412.481.3220 x220.  

For more information about bird watching, check the library catalog for books and videos.   On the library web site click on Tools & Research  and select Sports & Hobbies–Outdoor Activities–Bird Watching for a list of books, videos, and web sites, including Pittsburgh resources. 




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