Bird counts set for this weekend

Special to The State Journal, Published:

Bird counts planned

The worldwide 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place Friday through Monday.

Frankfort Audubon Society, City of Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Properties, and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary and Audubon Center will host bird counts on each of the four-day GBBC, including at three city park locations.

GBBC is a yearly event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time “snapshot” of where the birds are.

Everyone is welcome, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day or count for as long as you wish each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy.

Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period and enter the amounts on the GBBC website.

Much more information is available about the Great Backyard Bird Count at the GBBC home page, http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

Locally, bird watching and GBBC counting with a representative of Frankfort Audubon Society and/or representative of Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary and Audubon Center in attendance will be conducted each day in 15-minute segments at these locations:

In Frankfort

Friday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Fantasy Forest, East Second and Logan streets

Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Fort Hill, meet at picnic pavilion

Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Audubon Arboretum at Juniper Hill Park by north Leawood Drive

Monday, 1-2:30 p.m.: Salato Wildlife Education Center, meet at picnic pavilion by upper lake.

The City of Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Properties personnel have assisted in ensuring local GBBC success by providing and maintaining feeding stations in the three city parks.

Buckley

Sanctuary

Sunday: two GBBC sessions from 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., meet at Nature Center front porch.

More information is available about the Great Backyard Bird Count and local opportunities at Frankfort Audubon Society’s webpage, sites.google.com/site/frankfortaudubon/, including information from Franklin County recorded at last year’s GBBC.

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