The annual Great Backyard Bird Count helps scientists see migratory patterns.
February 12, 2013
Grab your binoculars and head to the Great Backyard Bird Count at Tingley Beach on February 16 and at the Botanic Garden on February 17. Volunteer from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. with other citizen scientists around the globe for this annual snapshot of migratory birds. Bird-spotting checklists will be provided, and BioPark volunteers will help identify bird species. The results of the count go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to be compiled with data from around the world.
On February 16 at 8 a.m., an expert birder from the Central New Mexico Audubon Society will take birdwatchers on a hike from Tingley Beach to the bosque, pointing out and discussing local bird species along the way. On February 17 at 8 a.m., Curator Bill Aragon will help guests spot birds at the Botanic Garden. During both days, discovery stations will teach birding techniques that make it easier to find and identify bird species.
"Anyone with an interest in birds can be part of this nationwide scientific effort," said Tallie Segel. "Beginning and experienced birders will be out in the bosque and in the gardens learning more about the birds found around the BioPark. As they learn, they will also be helping ornitholigists understand more about bird populations, where birds migrate and how climate change affects migration."
The Great Backyard Bird Count is free at both BioPark locations for volunteers who arrive at 8 a.m. (If you arrive after 8, regular admission is required for the Botanic Garden.) Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15 by calling BioPark Education at 505-848-7180.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at www.BirdCount.org. At the site, you can also read a press release about the international effort. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).