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02/03/05

Outdoor Report: Eighth Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

It's time for the Eighth Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

The count which actually takes place from February 18th-21st is a great opportunity to be a scientist in your own garden.

"It's a citizen science project, which means essentially that we're trying to get local citizens out, the public out counting birds and entering their data on the Internet. You don't need any formal training. In fact, you don't even have to know how to identify birds before the count," said Orinthologist Dr. Mark Woodrey.

"If you don't know how to identify birds that's not a problem. If you go to the web site where the Great Backyard Bird Count is hosted which is www.birdsource.org , you'll find the Great Backyard Bird Count icon. You click on that, they have all kinds of materials available on their web site," said Dr. Woodrey.

You can participate in the Count anywhere and you don't need a lot of time to devote to the Count to make an impact.

"The neat thing about this count is that you can do it anywhere you want to do it. You can do it in your backyard. The only thing they ask you to do is that you count for at least fifteen minutes," said Dr. Woodrey.

By: Christine Coker

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