Labor Day Citizen Science Project: Yard Day Bird Count

Spotted Towhee. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

On Labor Day, Dave Yeamans, a long-time enthusiast of the natural world, is opening his home for a citizen science project, Big Yard Day Bird Count.

To participate, register at www.peecnature.org for the Big Yard Day and stop by Dave Yeaman’s house anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. “Everybody learns something and has fun or my job is not complete,” says Yeamans, who also is a caring host.

Participants are encouraged to wear natural-colored clothing, move gently, and whisper to improve the chances of seeing a wide variety of birds. Light snacks and a beverage bar will be provided by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). The location will be given to participants upon registration.

Last year, 43 species of birds were documented in Yeamans’s yard. Data from this and other bird counts plays an important role in efforts to track ecosystem biodiversity as well as changes in bird populations and range, which are key indicators of ecosystem health.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

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