Come Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Green San Miguel

By Signe Hammer and April Gaydos, photos by Bob Graham

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event in which, all over the world, people of all ages find and count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts, and we hope you’ll join in!

Audubon de México Outdoor Activities
Great Backyard Bird Count
Fri, Feb 12–Mon, Feb 15
Various locations and times
audubondemexico@gmail.com
415 111 4518

Why count birds? Birds are bellwethers of climate change and the earth’s overall health. Globally, more than 1,200 bird species face extinction over the next century. In North America alone, up to half of the 650 bird species will die out if they can’t adapt. Citizen science like the GBBC may help to save them. The more researchers learn about how birds are doing, the better we can protect these beautiful creatures and the environment we share with them.

To help you get ready for the GBBC, Audubon is hosting a presentation Tuesday, February 9, at 1:30 pm in the auditorium at El Nigromante, Bellas Artes. “Birding Beyond the Colors” will show you how to distinguish birds of similar colors. For more details, see the announcement in this issue.

Join our special GBBC events and receive a complimentary copy of Audubon de México’s Birds of San Miguel guide book, Birdwalk in the Botanical Garden, El Charco del Ingenio, Saturday, February 13, 9am–12pm. Both adults and children ages 10 and up with parents are welcome. With our experienced guides, you can see and count a variety of local and wintering songbirds, waterfowl, waders, and raptors. We’ll look for colorful orioles and flycatchers, ducks and teal, stilts and avocets, caracaras, and ravens. Meet inside the main entrance; El Charco members free, non-members 40 pesos. No registration necessary. We will have a few pairs of binoculars to lend to adults and telescopes for you to look through.

Kayak on the Presa Allende, Monday, February 15, 9am–1pm. Registration is necessary. Adults and children 15 and up with parents are welcome. With our experienced guides, you will see and count songbirds in the trees along the Rio Laja channel as well as waterfowl and waders such as pelicans, cormorants, ducks, and egrets in the open water. To register, email audubondemexico@gmail.com with first and last name, email address, and phone number of each person in party, plus the number of one-person rental kayaks (150 pesos each) needed, if any. We’ll provide directions to the boathouse and coordinate transportation for those who need rides.

Become a citizen scientist: count birds in your own backyard! Friday to Monday, February 12–15. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own back (or front) yard or local park. It only takes 15 minutes a day, for as many of the four days as you’d like. Please contact audubondemexico@gmail.com to preregister and get the information you’ll need to make your numbers count! For more information, visit www.audubonmex.org.

 

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