Hughes Green Team Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Event
2014-02-13 · By Editor
The Long Beach Hughes Middle School Green Team Club is hosting, and invites nature lovers of all ages to to participate in, the 17th annual “Great Backyard Bird Count” (GBBC), at the Dominquez Gap Wetlands, in Long Beach, on Sunday, November 16, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
The GBBC is an annual bird count held over a 4 day period each February (this year from February 14th through the 17th) in an effort to create a yearly snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Participants simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count.
The Hughes Green Team Club is hosting this event to introduce Long Beach residents to the GBBC program, to the Dominguez Gap Wetlands, and to the amazing diversity of birdlife to be found right in their urban backyard. No special bird knowledge is required to participate and all ages are welcome. Youth Guides from the Green Team Club have been trained to identify 30 birds common to the Wetlands and will be on hand to assist visitors new to bird watching. Also, the school’s librarian and chief bird lover, Dr. Diane Riska-Taylor, will also be available as a local guide. Riska-Taylor is an animal behaviorist specializing in birds. Cameras and binoculars are suggested!
The GBBC was launched in 1998 as a joint project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and in partnership with Bird Studies Canada. It was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Since 1998, more than 100,000 people of all ages, and walks of life, have helped to gather data on the world’s bird population on a scale that would not otherwise be possible.
For the first time, the GBBC went global in 2013 and shattered records, thanks to integration with the eBird online checklist program launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab and Audubon. Participants reported their bird sightings from all 7 continents, including 111 countries and independent territories. More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded—nearly one-third of the world’s total bird species documented in just four days.
The Dominguez Gap Wetlands is a 30 acre restored side-channel spreading grounds parallel to the LA River. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works manages 27 such spreading grounds, each serving as a water conservation zone. The restored area has been planted with native and riparian vegetation which fosters a wide variety of bird life.
To visit Dominguez Gap Wetlands for the GBBC, enter off Oregon Avenue at the intersection of W. Del Amo and Oregon. There is no parking lot for the Wetland; but street parking is available as marked.
To learn more about the count visit www.birdcount.org and view the winning photos from the 2013 GBBC photo contest. The Great Backyard Bird Count is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.
For more information regarding this event, please contact Hughes Middle School Green Team Adviser,
Cathy Procopio at 562-673-2401.