24th Annual ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ planned at Cache Creek Nature Preserve – Daily Democrat

Join Cache Creek Conservancy for the 24th Annual Backyard Bird Count taking place this President’s Day weekend.

Cache Creek Nature Preserve, at 34199 County Road 20 west of Woodland, will be open Feb. 12 through Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to give Yolo County and the surrounding community a place to call home. both the serenity and excitement of birdwatching every day from this global community science extravaganza led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Everyone, from novice birders to experts, is invited to become community scientists for 15 minutes or the entire holiday weekend by joining the count. Each species and the total number of birds recorded in the nature reserve (or in your garden) will contribute to this global data collection event.

David Bonter, co-director of the Center for Engagement in Science and Nature at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, says, “Birds are everywhere and can be counted in backyards, neighborhoods, suburban parks, wilderness areas and cities. Scientists need the eyes of the world to collect information about the whereabouts of birds.

“By participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, community scientists are providing data that we use to protect the birds and places they need, today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Chad Wilsey, Chief Scientist at the National Audubon Society. “In turn, studies tell us that stopping to observe birds, their sounds and their movements, improves human health. Participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count is a win-win situation for birds and people.

For human health and safety, this year’s GBBC at Cache Creek Nature Preserve will be self-guided rather than the docent-led groups of previous years.

Anyone interested in a fun weekend of birdwatching is encouraged to visit the nature reserve on any or all of the four days to birdwatch alone or with their family. For more information on ways to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at Cache Creek Nature Preserve, please visit CacheCreekConservancy.org/events.

The GBBC was founded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in 1998 as an online science project and has successfully tracked birds ever since. To learn more about what scientists have discovered over the past 23 years and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit birdcount.org.

The Cache Creek Conservancy has participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count for the past nine years, submitting a list of over 80 species. Previous GBBC participants have spotted or heard American Kestrels, California Thrashers, Wilson’s Thorns and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers among many others at Cache Creek Nature Preserve.

For the 2021 Great Backyard Bird Count, conservatory officials urge attendees to comply with all current country and state regulations and guidelines regarding COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, social distancing when birdwatching and wearing a mask when birdwatching with others.

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