For twenty years, the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology have been collecting data through the Great Backyard Bird Count. Last year alone, 160,000 people worldwide monitored bird feeders and reported data to the website. This information is used to determine the health of the various bird species’ populations to determine what needs to be done to better protect them. Obviously, the overwhelming amount of data couldn’t possibly be accumulated by the few poorly funded professionals. That is where citizen science excels at providing them with the data they need to protect the birds.
The Bissell Nature Center is hosting a bird monitoring event on Sunday, February 17, from 12-4 p.m.! Area Naturalist Chuck Fletcher will demonstrate how the monitoring is done, how the tally is made, and how you can register and report your data if you wish to survey your own bird feeder. Every report helps, and you can monitor for as little as 15 minutes or as long as you like! All of this will be done from inside our beautiful Bissell Nature Center – no need to step foot outside! The public is invited, and no RSVP is necessary.
For more details, visit: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count
The Andover Public Library Presents “Birds of Prey” with live wildlife from the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.
Get up close and personal with some of the area’s magnificent birds of prey including a live falcon, hawk, and owl. Learn about these birds’ characteristic features, discover their adaptations and natural history, and explore their critical role in our environment. Find out what you can do to help birds of prey and the world we share.
Tamarak Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center
Presenter: Rick Wyman
Sponsored by the Friends of the Andover Public Library