Great Backyard Bird Count 2013 February 15-18Local training for the GBBC on Feb. 9
Every February, everyone has an opportunity to participate in this yearly bird county and it is fun and easy to do from you own home or at special places in your community.
GBBC is sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon and Bird Studies Canada.
For more information on how to participate in the count the website is www.birdsource.org
For the past five years Edmonds has had a high rate of participation in the GBBC mostly because of Edmond’s resident Dr. Alan Mearns. Dr. Mearns is a scientist with NOAA and has a wonderful backyard for birds here in Edmonds.
Mearns and other Pilchuck Audubon members in Edmonds have counted their local birds and submitted their findings for many years.
And for the past four years Dr. Mearns has offered his time and expertise on backyard birds and provided training for anyone interested in participating in this count.
This year he will again be giving a two-hour training session on how to participate and recognize birds in your backyard.
The training will once again be held at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the Willow Creek hatchery located on the northwest corner of Edmonds Way and Pine Street (south of the Ferry toll booth) from 10 a.m. - noon. There is no charge and all are welcome. If you have binoculars bring them along and get some tips on how to use them.
This program is part of the ongoing educational program of the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden sponsored by Pilchuck Audubon in partnership with City of Edmonds, Washington Native Plant Society, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, Just Frogs and Toads too and others.