Feb. 15—18: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

hummingbird photo by Anna MaleDo you enjoy listening to birdsong, bird watching, learning about habitat loss, and other changes in our natural and urban environments?

Then you may be interested in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This newly global, annual event helps in the study of birds and the health of their populations. You’re invited to participate. Learn how by visiting: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. “We’re eager to see how many of the world’s 10,240 bird species will be reported during the count this year,” said Cornell Lab director John Fitzpatrick. “We’re looking forward to this historic snapshot of birds that will be reported from around the world. We need as many people as possible to help build the wealth of data that scientists need to track the health of bird populations through time.” From: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/press/news-stories/2013Feb5release

Looking ahead: 2014 marks the centennial year of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. As the Passenger Pigeon Project tells us, the story of this North American native species is a lesson in sustainability. Read more at http://passengerpigeon.org/.