ABQ BioPark Great Backyard Bird Count

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Attractions, Events

Children bird-watching at Tingley Beach.
Photo by Amy Landers/ABQ BioPark.

The Albuquerque Great Backyard Bird Count on February 16-17, 2013, is a free event for bird-watchers and it contributes to the national bird count compiled by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

If you’re into bird spotting, or you want to find out more about how to identify birds, here’s a quick  “tweet tweet” that you might like to join the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. It’s a free event at two Albuquerque BioPark facilities, although they’d like an RSVP to know how many people are attending. It sounds like a fun way to get outside, meet other birders, and also help the national effort to create this annual snapshot of migratory birds.

The Tingley Beach Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday February 16 starts at 8 am, when a volunteer from the Central New Mexico Audubon Society will lead birdwatchers on a hike from Tingley Beach to the Bosque, highlighting local bird species. The event at Tingley Beach runs till noon.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden count is on Sunday February 17  at 8 am. Botanic Garden admission is free for volunteers who arrive at 8 am for the start. If you arrive after 8 am, regular admission will be charged, according to a BioPark press release. Curator Bill Aragon will be on hand to help people spot birds in the garden. The event runs till noon.

They’d like to know who’s coming to count by Friday. So if you want to volunteer, contact the BioPark Education office at 505-848-7180 by Friday February 15.

Take your binoculars! Discovery Stations at both venues will give info on bird-watching techniques and how to identify birds.Volunteers are provided with bird-spotting checklists, and all the info collected will be sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to compile with other data from all around the country.



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