ABQ BioPark Great Backyard Bird Count

February 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Attractions, Events

The Albuquerque Great Backyard Bird Count on February 18-19, 2012, 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 18 starts at 8 am, when an Audubon Society volunteer will lead birdwatchers on a hike from Tingley Beach to the Bosque, highlighting local bird species, with Discovery Stations giving info on bird-watching techniques and how to identify birds.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden count is on Sunday February 19 from 8 am to noon, with check-in at the Botanic Garden gates.

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.  

According to a press release, 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 17.



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