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Be a part of annual national bird count at Free Great Backyard Bird Count event on Feb. 13 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 01/29/2010
This will be the third time the local nature center is participating in the nationwide birding event, which is now in its 13th year.

The event is called the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and will take place from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the comfort of the Wildlife Viewing Room at the nature center located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants can learn about birds which spend their winters in northeast Kansas from experienced birders with the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City. Likely candidates for viewing include northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, American goldfinches, red-tailed hawks, and more. No reservations or registration is required for this event.

The GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how the birds are doing- and how to protect them. Last year, participants turned in more than 94,000 checklists online, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded. In all 620 species and over 11.5 million individual birds were counted, up from 613 species the previous year.

“Taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way to get outside with family and friends, have fun, and help birds—all at the same time,” Audubon Education Vice President, Judy Braus said in a national news release. “Even if you can only identify a few species you can provide important information that enables scientists to learn more about how the environment is changing and how that affects our conservation priorities.”

More information on the national count can be found at For more information on the local event contact the nature center at (913) 764-7759. Perform a catalog search for the keyword "birds" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

The nature center also continues to seek donations of supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders. Among the items being sought are: black oil sunflower seed; white millet, thistle, or safflower seed (no seed mixes, please); raw unsalted peanuts shelled or unshelled, suet cakes; and dried seed corn on the cob.

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