Backyard Bird Count
The 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place February 15th through 18th. To participate in this citizen science opportunity, anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.gbbc.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and theNational Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada and is partially sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.
Along with the actual bird counting activities, the park has planned four days of bird-related opportunities. A “great pink heron scavenger hunt” will be on-going using the Netul Trail along the Lewis and Clark River. A “Birds of Fort Clatsop” display and other bird-themed opportunities are available in the visitor center most of February..
On Saturday, February 16, naturalist Mike Patterson will lead a birding walk starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center lobby. Although leashed dogs are welcome at most of the park’s outdoor programs, dogs are not allowed at this morning walk. Please dress for the weather. The walk is wheelchair accessible although non-motorized users might need assistance for about 200 yards.
On Sunday, February 17, Barbara Linnett, a bird enthusiast, will give an illustrated presentation about five common birds of the Astoria area. This program is part of the monthly In Their Footsteps guest speaker series and takes place at 1:00 p.m. in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
Park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 per adult and free for youth 15 years old and under. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted. A variety of bird field guides are available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center.
For more information on the national bird count event or to submit bird counts from your home go to www.gbbc.birdcount.org. The weekend’s birding events at Fort Clatsop are sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the National Park Service. For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.