Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Join Westmoreland Sanctuary as a participant in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb 12-15, 2010.  A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards, and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation.

It's so easy to take part, just follow these easy steps:
  1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count.
  2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time
  3. When you are finished, enter your results through the GBBC website.
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 at  Participants can also explore what birds others are finding in their backyards—whether in their own neighborhood or thousands of miles away.

For anyone interested in participating in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, Westmoreland Sanctuary will be offering free programs sponsored, in part, by Wild Birds Unlimited in Bedford Hills, NY:

  • February 13 at 9:30am - Breakfast with the Birds
  • February 14 at 1:00pm - Lunch with the Birds
  • February 15 at 9:00am - Feeder Watching and Bird Walk
Please see our website for more details about these programs.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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