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The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

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Feb. 15, 2007 – The Audubon Club of St. Thomas wants people to observe the different types of birds that visit their backyards for food, water or to take a bird bath this weekend, Friday, Feb. 16 to Monday, Feb. 19.
Mario A. Francis, a local birding expert and president of "ACT," encourages residents and visitors to watch birds and help scientists at the same time. Spend at least 15 minutes watching birds at different locations. Take notes of where you were bird watching and the number of species of birds seen at once. For example, a person sitting in the park might report seeing six pigeons, four ground doves, three house sparrows, and one small falcon high in a tree.
The Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is a time when bird lovers across the United States will count the birds they see to help create a mid-winter "snapshot" of the birds' locations. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society coordinate the annul count, using data from bird-watchers of all ages and abilities to track the well being of North American birds.
Last year's participants counted more than 7.5 million birds representing 629 species. Francis stresses the fact that birds are a good indicator of the health of our environment.
The bird tallies can be reported to Cornell or the Audubon Society in several ways. Bird tallies can be telephoned, faxed or e-mailed to Francis, who will pass them along. They also can be e-mailed to the Great Backyard Bird Count Web site at www.birdssource.org/gbbc.
For more information, call Mario Francis at 774-3745 or 643-0402, or e-mail him at: [email protected].

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