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Bandelier Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds Friday during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-19, is the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird.
 
Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument - or both. Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.
 
Everyone is encouraged to count the birds in their backyard (or another favorite location) for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the three days and record them at gbbc.birdcount.org. Check out feederwatch.org/learn/comm on-feeder-birds/ to help identify common feeder birds in the local area.
 
In addition, Bandelier will hold an official event  8:30-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. There will be three stations around the park: one at the Bandelier Visitor Center, one at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead and one at Ponderosa Campground. Park staff at each station to greet participants, be out along the trail to be of assistance, and record the species seen. Unless participants are already park volunteers, staff will sign them up as volunteers for the time they are here, which just involves filling out a short form. Visitors can stay at each location for as long or short a time as they wish, and go to as many of the stations as they choose.
 
Visitors should wear comfortable warm clothing in layers, with hats and sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks, as well as binoculars if possible. All ages are welcome and no reservations are required.
 
For more information on Year of  the Bird, check www.audubon.org/yearofthebird, www.nationalgeographic.org/p rojects/year-of-the-bird/, #BirdYourWorld and #YearOfThe Bird.
 
For information on Bandelier, check the park Facebook page or Twitter at BandelierNPS, or call the park Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.

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