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Volunteers sought for Great Backyard Bird Count in St. Charles County

The St. Charles County Parks Department and the Missouri Master Naturalists, Confluence Chapter, are looking for volunteers for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, this program allows birdwatchers of all ages to help create a snapshot of where birds are located around the world.

Individuals, students, Scouts and other groups are invited to participate. The count will take place Feb. 15-18 in all St. Charles County Parks.

Volunteers can register online at http://bit.ly/2019GreatBackyardBirdCount and select a preferred park to visit.

The objective is for volunteers to count the birds in the park for at least 15 minutes on one or more days, estimate the number of each species spotted during the count periods and submit the data online by clicking “Submit Observations” at gbbc.birdcount.org. A free “eBird” mobile app also is available for entering data.

The Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. More than 160,000 people of all ages located around the world join the four-day count each February.

St. Charles County parks are havens for songbirds, waterfowl, raptors and other birds.

The birding program is free, educational and open to everyone. For more information, call the Parks Department at (636) 949-7535.

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