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Connect with fellow bird watchers at the Great Backyard Bird Count

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  • Citizens for Conservation and Prairie Woods Audubon Society will present the Great Backyard Bird Count from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington. Registration is due by Feb. 8.

      Citizens for Conservation and Prairie Woods Audubon Society will present the Great Backyard Bird Count from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington. Registration is due by Feb. 8.
    Courtesy of Citizens for Conservation

 

Submitted by Citizens for Conservation

Citizens for Conservation in partnership with Prairie Woods Audubon Society will present the "Great Backyard Bird Count."

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual international event that connects bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are all across the world.

During the 2013 count, participants reported birds from all seven continents including 111 countries and independent territories. Bird watchers reported 4,004 species from about 180 bird families, 39 percent of the world's bird species and 78 percent of bird families. Observers counted more than 34,512,432 individual birds.

The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington.

Bring your binoculars.

Participants will watch a video about birds, hike a trail while counting birds and then head back to the pavilion to compile their data. While warming up with a hot chocolate, each child will make a bird-related clay craft under the guidance of a local artist. Audubon Adventures for each child will be provided by Prairie Woods Audubon. A portion of this class is held outdoors, so dress for the weather with good winter foot gear, coat, hat and gloves.

This class is open to children ages 4 and older. Caregivers are required to attend. CFC members are free; nonmembers pay $5 for the first child and $1 for each additional child. Make checks payable to Citizens for Conservation. Class size is limited to 40 children.

Complete registration forms are due Saturday, Feb. 8. Registration forms can be found at www.citizensforconservation.org/youth-education. For information, call CFC at (847) 382-7283 or email

youth-ed@citizensforconservation.org.

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