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13th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 12-15

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Wabash Valley Audubon Society (WVAS) invites area bird watchers to participate in the 13th annual great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 12-15, 2010.

Participants in this free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers counting birds in their own backyards (or other areas inhabited by birds) across the country.

Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and easily report their sightings online. Last year counters in the WVAS five county area (Clay, Parke, Vigo, Sullivan, and Vermillion) submitted only 18 GBBC lists from six cities. Terre Haute led the way with 10 lists; followed by Newport, Dugger, and Rosedale with two lists each; and finally Clinton and West Terre Haute with one each. Bloomington led the state with 224 lists followed by Indianapolis with 151.

Newport led Terre Haute 42 to 38 for the number of species seen in this area. Newport's lists included 42 bald eagles, 12 trumpeter swans and two golden eagles. Four Terre Haute counters only documented 45 crows amongst the 574 individual birds seen. Anyone that has been to Terre Haute lately knows that number is way, way low. Dugger tallied the most individual birds with 162,036, with Newport coming in a distant second at 2,978 birds. For more data and information on how to enter your count data go to www.birdcount.org .

The data collected helps researchers track trends in bird numbers and migration. This is your chance to make a valuable contribution to an important scientific project. Consider making it a family or school project to increase children's appreciation of the great outdoors.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society jointly lead this project, with generous support from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Show your support and get counting to let everyone know that there are more than just crows in Terre Haute and the surrounding area!

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