Woodcock plans bird count celebration

Woodcock Nature Center will celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count with an open house for families and individuals on Friday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 4:30.  Participants of all ages will be able to come any time during the event to enjoy bird games, make bird feeders to take home, partake in outdoor bird bingo, spot winter birds, learn about new birding technology and apps, meet the nature center ambassador birds, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire in the pavilion.

Most significantly, participants will learn how to be citizen scientists whose observations can make a difference.

“Citizen science is one of the coolest ways that people of all ages can get involved with real environmental change while having a lot of fun in the process,”  nature center Executive Director Henryk Teraszkiewicz said. “It goes hand in hand with [the nature center’s] mission of getting people of all ages back in touch with their own backyards, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count is one of the best ways to do that.”

According to the Cornell lab’s website, this is a chance to “Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count.”

The 18th annual count runs from Feb. 13 through 16. Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.”

To learn more about the bird count and to participate in Woodcock Nature Center’s open house celebration, call 203-762-728 or visit woodcocknaturecenter.org. Pricing for the event is $10 per family, adult individual, or couple for members, and $15 for non-members. Participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count is free.