El Dorado Nature Center joins in the Great Backyard Bird Count
2010-02-11 · By Editor
Bird watchers coast to coast are invited to take part in the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, this weekend Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15. Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers counting birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges.
Long Beach birders that want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count are invited to meet at the El Dorado Nature Center and help count the audubon population on Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am to noon. Become a scientist for the day and join with friends and neighbors to count for the future. The El Dorado bird count will help contribute to local conservation efforts. The data gathered also helps to determine the effects of global warming on birds nationwide.
Each checklist submitted by “citizen scientists” 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 93,600 checklists online, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.
“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,” said Audubon Education Vice President, Judy Braus. “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.”
Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Visit wikipedia for a comprehensive list of California bird species. Last year, California ranked #2 in the nation as the state reporting the most species, and in the top 5 for most birds reported.
Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Or, join the El Dorado Nature Center this Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 a.m to noon to submit your count with the group.
The Nature Center is located at 7550 East Spring Street. For information about the bird count in El Dorado Nature Center, or to sign up, contact a naturalist by calling (562) 570-4876. Although, the bird count is free, there is a $7 parking fee.