Between Feb. 17-20, people all over North America will count birds seen locally here in the winter. Both the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology encourage bird enthusiasts in Western New York to participate in this event, called "The Great Backyard Bird Count."
Counting birds is fun, free and easy. Participants can spend as little or as much time as you want doing the count. They can even stay at home and take a count through a window.
To assist beginners in identifying birds, interested persons are invited to come and view mounted specimens of local bird species in the Nature Center at Bond Lake Park in Lewiston on Sunday, Feb 12, at 1 p.m. Patty Freck will lead a guided "Winter Bird Walk" at 1:30 p.m. This walk should further assist participants in identifying birds that might be seen in their own backyards.
Guests should bring binoculars for a closer look at wildlife in the park. Please note that high winds or icy conditions that day will cancel the event.
This "Winter Bird Walk" is a free event sponsored by the Bond Lake Environmental and Beautification Committee. For more information about this event, contact Carol at 694-3488. To find out more about the "Great Backyard Bird Count" in general, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc.