It’s time for the annual citizen-science project known as the Great Backyard Bird Count!
Join us at the Coastal Center at Milford on February 19 where we’ll have panoramic views of the Long Island Sound’s tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes. Peep through the scopes in the main room or head up to the observation platform to get a birds eye look of your surroundings. There’s no telling what birds you might count – so far we’ve seen over 315 different species at the Coastal Center!
Staff will be on hand to explain the counting procedure, help you identify birds, and show you how to fill out your bird count data forms.
This free member event will run from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, February 19. Stop by at any point within those two hours – be prepared to commit at least 15 continuous minutes to count birds when you arrive. You never know what you might see!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Bird Studies Canada and many international partners. To learn more about why we do the bird count and its history, visit the Great Backyard Bird Count’s website.
Snowy Owl at Long Beach Photo by Stephanie McDowell