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Count the birds at these Great Backyard Bird Count events across the Triangle

Posted February 10, 2020 1:57 p.m. EST

Photo by Zachary Spears on Unsplash

The Great Backyard Bird Count lets beginners to avid birders help researchers by counting the birds where they live.

The annual event is Feb. 14 to Feb. 17 this year, and local parks offer lots of opportunities to help scientists evaluate fluctuations in bird populations. With data from the bird count, researchers have determined that in the past four decades, for example, songbirds are traveling farther north.

Here's how families can get involved. If you can't make it to a special event, you can participate by counting birds in your actual backyard. According to the Audubon Society's website, participants can count birds for as little as 15 minutes to report their findings online.

Count the Birds at Kids Together Playground

The Cary playground's annual Count the Birds event is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at the park at 111 Thurston Dr., Cary. Gather at the picnic shelter for a guided bird walk. Learn to identify birds by species and record the number seen, then enjoy refreshments and tally the results. It's a wheelchair-friendly event. It's free.

Wake County Bird Count Events

The county park system offers several special programs at its parks, including an introduction to bird watching at Harris Lake County Park and an early bird walk on Monday at Crowder District Park. Pre-registration is required for these. Check Wake County's website for more information.

Basic Bird ID Skills at Prairie Ridge

The outdoor learning lab in West Raleigh, part of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, will host two free sessions on Saturday, Feb. 15, that focus on basic bird identification skills. The free programs are for ages 10 and up and require pre-registration. More information is on the Ecostation's website.