Bird is the word in Albuquerque

February 9, 2013 by  

The Great Backyard Bird Count will give bird-lovers the chance to do their part and help count the species of birds that land on the day.

It helps to provides a yearly snapshot of what types and numbers of migratory birds are visiting the region. Everyone is welcome to participate and this makes for an outstandingly ornithological family activity. Flyer printing may have been the method chosen for promoting community participation.

The 16th annual occurrence of the event, it will be over three days this month, although participants can spend as little time as 15 minutes one day to as many hours as they would like on all three days. This event is fun and easy, so even young children can join in, plus it helps the birds, as numbers are recorded to see how each species is doing.

All participants are required to do is volunteer a little time and record the number of individual birds they see in each species during the period of counting. Checklists are available on the website and will be accepted from everyone. All the information collected from the checklists will be provided to Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the numbers will be compiled from all the lists submitted.

Birdwatchers should set aside Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18, although Albuquerque’s official count will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. To learn more about the bird count, or to download a checklist, please visit the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden website or call 505-768-2000.