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Pickering Creek Audubon Center is hosting an event for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a citizen-science project conducted worldwide to collect data on wild birds. On Saturday, February 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., volunteers will join experienced monitoring leaders on hikes along the Center’s trails, observing and recording the bird species they see. The data collected from the bird walk will be submitted to an international database.
Newcomers to birding as well as experienced volunteers are welcome. Abundant species inhabit the sanctuary, and the more eyes the better to catch sight of a bird flitting through the trees, circling up above, or settling on a pond. Bring binoculars, or use those provided by the Center. Your help is invaluable in this effort to better understand bird abundance and distribution.
A workshop—open to all—follows the bird count, from 10-11:30. Participants will learn about the language of birds and what it can reveal to us about their world, drawing upon insights gleaned from an earlier session at the Center with Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows. Come for the walk, the workshop, or both. Cost of the workshop: $5 per person.
If you’ve not visited Pickering Creek Audubon Center, these GBBC events are a welcoming introduction to the sanctuary. With a devoted mission to provide conservation opportunities and education to Talbot County residents, its woodland and wetland trails are open, free of charge, to the public year round, from sun-up to sundown. The data collected at the Center on GBBC days, present and past, provide the basis for vital local as well as international analysis.
For more information about the GBBC events including workshop registration, or for information about volunteering at the Center, contact Samantha Pitts at Pickering Creek at[masked]-4903.