West Valley residents are invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count beginning Friday.
The 14th annual event, which runs through Monday, provides an opportunity to enjoy nature and be a citizen-scientist. This study helps scientists better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.
Results from the 2010 count included:
• More than 97,300 checklists, counting more than 11 million individual birds.
• The American Robin was the most reported bird with 1,850,082 counted.
• Texas leads the count in diversity of species.
Wild Birds Unlimited is a major sponsor of this joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are encouraged to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource website at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.
The BirdSource website is a revolutionary partnership between citizens and scientists. It gives participants almost instantaneous feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly updated information.
For information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, call or stop by the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, 7480 W. Bell Road, Suite 104, Glendale, or call 623-773-3000.
Wild Birds Unlimited in Glendale is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 270 locations throughout the United States and Canada.