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The Great Backyard Birdcount

Here is an email I received - I just copied and pasted.  It is interesting and I imagine, can be done at different levels, for different ages, and modified for different educational approaches.

Winter continues to rage here in Ithaca, New York... but the birds have started singing on the warmer mornings, indicating that spring really is just around the corner!

Great Backyard BirdCount, Going on Now!
For birdwatchers, there’s another reason that February is the month of love. No, I’m not suggesting that you send a valentine to that elusive Indigo Bunting (I doubt it would appreciate the sentiment). I’m talking about the Great Backyard Bird Count, or GBBC! Each year, bird watchers of all ages go outside and count the birds that they see. This gives Cornell Lab scientists a snapshot of winter bird populations and distributions all around North America. The GBBC is going on NOW through Monday. Beginning birders can easily participate, so if you can spare just 15 minutes to count birds, please visit the GBBC site.
BirdSleuth Homeschool Blog
Bird-friendly Coffee...Resurging Bald Eagle Populations...Dead Blackbirds in Arkansas! These are just some of the stories that we've highlighted on the BirdSleuth Homeschool Blog in the past month. Many stories include suggested activities that will help you and your family learn more or go further. Check out our blog, and if you find it useful, don't forget to follow it!

Finally, stay tuned for the next newsletter or watch the BirdSleuth facebook page for upcoming announcements, including new curricula materials!
Happy birding,

Jennifer Fee
Education Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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