LITTLETON (January 14, 2016) – It’s easy to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard – who knows your own yard better than you! The Audubon Society of Greater Denver is inviting you to embrace your inner bird curiosity and participate in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count from February 17 to the 20th in 2017! Help us create a snapshot of the bird populations throughout the seven counties of Denver.
Not sure where to begin? We welcome you to the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield for an interactive training event on Saturday February 4th, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm. Audubon Master Birders and staff members will be available to teach you about the beautiful birds of the Colorado winter and help you practice using bird identification tools such as binoculars, field guides or your smart phone. Interested in venturing outside for more hands-on practice? Let us guide you around the beautiful backdrop of Blackbird and Muskrat ponds to hone those bird spotting skills. Learn how to share your love with wildlife by turning your backyard into a bird sanctuary. Large landscapes are not necessary – habitat can be created with spaces of any size! We can advise on plant choices, creative water options, saavy bird shelters, and more. Find out how to woo the birds in your neighborhood with delicious seed selection and fabulous feeder techniques! Purchase bird seed online at http://www.denveraudubon.org/getinvolved/birdseed-sale/ from the Audubon Society through January 28th and enjoy convenient pick-up at the event.
Visit with live, dynamic birds including “Pidgey” the pigeon from Nature’s Educators, and local birds of prey you might spot in your own neighborhood! Bring your kids or grandkids to participate in the “Feathered Frenzy” nature scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes. This event is free for local Audubon members, $5 for non-member adults, and $3 for non-member children. Event proceeds help us continue to connect people with nature through education, conservation, and research.
According to the National Audubon Society, the 2016 count boasted “An estimated 163,763 bird watchers from more than 130 countries . . . Participants submitted 162,052 bird checklists reporting 5,689 species–more than half the known bird species in the world.” For more information on the international event, visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.