Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hall County Bird Count this Saturday

The Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center (NNVC) serves as a base for the annual Hall County Spring Bird Count on Saturday, May 8.
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Bird counts are conducted with the intent of keeping track as to how many species -- and the number of each species -- are present within a region. According to NNVC Program Coordinator Dan Glomski, "The Spring count is the most exciting of the year. This is when the year's greatest number of bird species are present, especially warblers in their spring finery and shorebirds plying the wetlands for food. Many of these birds are on their way to breeding grounds further north, so this is the best time to see them. And occasionally, we get a stray, a bird not supposed to be here, which is always exciting."

The count begins Saturday 8 a.m. sharp at NNVC. Participants will want to bring binoculars and a field guide for bird ID. After a short introduction, the group will walk the trails south of the center (up to a distance of 1 1/2 miles) until 10 a.m., recording as many birds as possible before returning to the center. From here, participants may either depart or take a short break and count a second area for an additional 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Count participants will also want to wear weather-suitable clothes and all-terrain footware. And with ticks starting to appear, some form of insect repellent may be a good idea too.

Glomski especially welcomes birding newcomers to participate: "Counts are a great way to begin learning about birds."

There is no charge for participating, and no prior birding experience is required. If you are interested in participating, contact Dan at 308-382-1820 or info@nebraskanature.org with any questions

Located on the I-80 Alda exit 305, the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center exists to provide a place where people of all ages can connect to nature along the Platte River. You can go to www.nebraskanature.org for more information.

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