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Great Backyard Bird Count Events Hosted by Barnegat Bay Partnership

Have you ever wondered which birds live in your backyard? Then join us and be a part of a global bird-counting event organized by the Audubon Society and Cornell University! No single person or group of experts could count all of the species of birds on our planet; therefore, people from all over the world will be participating in February’s Great Backyard Bird Count and entering their information to be reviewed by scientists. With all of the information provided by communities across the globe, experts can then get the “big picture” of bird populations around the world.

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The Barnegat Bay Partnership and the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador are hosting two free local events for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Learn more about birds and enjoy a craft-making session prior to the count by joining us on February 4th at the Toms River Library from 7:00-8:00 pm. We will be making bird feeders that you can hang in your own backyard! Then come to a bird walk and help us count the birds on Saturday, February 13th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Brown’s Woods Preserve (117 Haines Road, Toms River, NJ 08753). Expert birder Becky Laboy, an Ocean County Park Naturalist, will lead the walk.

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We hope to see you on the 4th and the 13th. Please RSVP if you plan to attend either or both of these events by emailing Lindsey Sigmund at ambassadorwma13@gmail.com. For more information about the global Great Backyard Bird Count visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

Submitted by Karen Walzer
Toms River

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