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Backyard bird count set for February

on January 10, 2014 10:45 AM

FORD CITY — The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will present a program on the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center, 142 Kerr Road, Ford City, on Jan. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event in February that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds on one or more days of the event and report their sightings. Each checklist submitted during the bird count helps research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn how bird populations are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share.

Anyone can take part in the program, from beginners to expert bird watchers. Last year participants turned in more than 134,000 online checklists, creating the world’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

Registration information is available online at www.aswp.org.

The Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center is about five miles south of Ford City next to Crooked Creek Park.

It is a multiuse facility operated under the auspices of the Armstrong Educational Trust and is available year-round to organized groups and business for environmental education, workshops, meetings or retreats.

Additional information can be found at www.crookedcreekelc.org or by calling (724) 763-6316.

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