GardenNews.biz - Feb 05,2017 - Calling all Citizen Scientists
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden hosting annual
Great Backyard Bird Count event
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Grab your binoculars and join the ABQ BioPark for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this February.
The event, which lets attendees act as citizen scientists by helping to take an annual snapshot of migratory birds, takes place from 8-11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Botanic Garden.
"This is a fun way for people to get involved as citizen scientists," said Cheri Vogel, ABQ BioPark curator of education. "The Botanic Garden is a hotspot for bird watching."
Numerous bird species utilize the Botanic Garden's more than 36 acres of cultivated gardens, natural habitats, perennial ponds and diverse food sources.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national annual event. The ABQ BioPark gives all information collected at the Albuquerque event to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which compiles all submissions from across the country. Scientists use this information along with observations from other citizen-science projects to get the "big picture" about what is happening to bird populations.
The event is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested individuals should call ABQ BioPark Education at 505-848-7180 by Feb. 8 to reserve a spot.
The ABQ BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. For more information, visit www.abqbiopark.com or call 311 locally or 505-768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).