|Audubon Society plans meeting, bird count|
|Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:08 PM|
LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “Lake Erie Adventures” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the campus. It’s the first building to your left (first turn left). The program is free and open to the public.
OSU student and Tri-Moraine Audubon Society member Stephanie Harpster, Waynesfield, will share her summer experiences at OSU’s Stone Laboratory, the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States. Agency and academic researchers work on this island campus year-round to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes. College-credit science courses are offered each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators. Stephanie and other students worked alongside the captain and crew traversing lakes Erie and Huron on the salvaged and reconstructed Flagship Niagara. Her graphic presentation will cover her unique hands-on experience and the history of the island and its amenities for visitors, which include a lighthouse, fish hatchery and aquatic visitor’s center.
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society announces the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 14-17, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with partner Bird Studies Canada. The GBBC is an annual 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 beginners to experts. It’s free, fun and easy — and it helps the birds. You can spend as little as 15 minutes counting birds or make a whole weekend of it. Birds can be counted anywhere and data is submitted via the Internet. You can count by yourself, with family members, community or school groups or friends. It’s a great way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, and others to the wonderful world of birds. Participants may also send in photographs of the birds they see.
To find out how easy it is to participate, learn about birds, why the GBBC is important and get all of your questions answered visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html. Join in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count and make the birds in your neighborhood count.