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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Great Backyard Bird Count

The West Woods Nature Center will be participating in the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Those who would like to participate are asked to stop by The West Woods -- 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township -- between noon and 4 p.m. Feb. 19 or 20.

According to the Geauga Park District:
The Great Backyard Bird Count engages bird watchers of all ages in creating a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent. Because bird populations are constantly in flux, scientists use these counts to produce an immense picture of our winter birds. Each year’s data becomes more meaningful and allows scientists to investigate far-reaching questions: How will this winter’s snow and cold influence populations? Where are the irruptive species right now? When will migration happen this year? Are diversity patterns changing? And do any particular species need more conservation efforts? Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts.

Park District naturalists, volunteers and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will teach participants how to count birds.

Attendees also will see the list of birds spotted at The West Woods, and learn the most successful types of seeds and feeders to use at home.

Registration is not required for the program, which is intended for all ages and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Details: 440-286-9516 or

Those who want to participate by cannot attend can conduct their own backyard bird counts between Feb. 18 and Feb. 21, then enter data on the project's website,

-- Cheryl Sadler

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