Yesterday’s post reminded me to remind YOU that some excellent bird-related citizen science opportunities are just ’round the corner …
- MassAudubon’s Focus on Feeders event will take place in Massachusetts on February 2 and 3, 2013
- Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count will take place nationwide February 15-18, 2013.
These are great opportunities to get outside, show off your birding skills, and do a small something to help monitor the birds in your neighborhood. Both projects are simple, fun and–I warn you!–addicting. My kids and I have participated in one or the other since 2008, and we’ve had some extraordinary moments. (Last year’s sharp-shinned hawk comes to mind.)
All the information you need to get started can be found at the websites linked above. Check them out and see if a bird count is something you can fit into the family calendar. If so, fill up your feeders, dust off your ‘nocs, and invite the neighbors. Happy Counting!