OUTside Connection April 08, 2009

Day celebrates bird migration

FIELD TRIP LEADER John Toolen, in blue sweater, talks to some birders along West Creek during last year’s Spring Bird Count sponsored by the Grand Valley Audubon Society. The 2009 spring count will be May 9 in celebration of International Bird Migration Day.  Speical to the Sentinel



May 9 might be about a month off but it’s an important day in the life of a migratory bird.

That day is the annual Spring Bird Count hosted by the Grand Valley Audubon Society as part of International Bird Migration Day.

The day is celebrated across the hemisphere, from Canada to Mexico and down into Central America, and brings attention to one of the most important events in the life of a migratory bird – the journey between its summer and winter homes.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Birds in Culture” and the GVAS  will send out 12 teams of birders, all levels of experience invited to count as many birds as possible in Mesa County.

You can read more about International Bird Migration Day at http://www.birdday.org/index.php.

WHAT: The Spring Bird Count and International Bird Migration Day

WHEN: May 9 across Mesa County.

WHO: Twelve teams of birds — all levels of expertise are welcome — fan out across the county to see how many birds they can count.

HOW: Call Paul Didier, 242-8643, or go the Grand Valley Audubon Society Web site,
http://www.audubongv.org and click on “Field Trips.”

WHY: Using citizen science to monitor migrating birds gives ornithologists a broad base of population information not otherwise available.


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