The 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up next weekend, February 12-15. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in a science project where the data they collect really "counts." 🙂
Even if you don't know a house sparrow from a chickadee, the site has some good information about birds, checklists of birds found in your area, and instructions about data collecting. There is also a list of related backyard activities you can do. Best of all, it's free!
Our family will be participating, because my son is an avid birder. He is also a bird photographer, so he may take part in the photo contest. Note: photos must be taken during the count weekend.
Aren't burrowing owls cute? (Now, why can't I take photos like that? :-))
If you and your family take part in the bird count, we'd love to hear about your experiences.
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