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Residents invited to participate in Great Backyard Bird Count
by Tribune Staff
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Courtesy Photo - The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a chance for children to learn about nature in their own ... well ... backyard.
Courtesy Photo - The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a chance for children to learn about nature in their own ... well ... backyard.
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RENO — The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Feb. 17 through 20. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and be a citizen-scientist. This study helps scientists better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.

Wild Birds Unlimited is the major sponsor of this joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are encouraged to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource website at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

The BirdSource website is a revolutionary partnership between citizens and scientists. It gives participants almost instantaneous feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly updated information.

To learn more and get additional activities for children, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc/kids. Additional activities can be found on the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids website, www.wbu.com/pathwaysforkids/index.html.

In 2011’s bird count, more than 92,000 checklists were submitted and 11,471,951 individual birds were counted. The Northern Cardinal was reported on the most checklists, followed by the Mourning Dove.

For more information, call or stop by the Wild Birds Unlimited store located inside each Moana Nursery location: 1100 W. Moana Lane in Reno (825-0600); 11301 S. Virginia St. in Reno (853-1319); 7655 Pyramid Highway in Sparks (425-4300); or visit www.reno.wbu.com.
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