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Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count
Audubon Community Nature Center Supports Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – You can celebrate the beginning of the spring migration season by watching birds, documenting where they are, and adding your observations to those of people throughout western New York.

Every second Sunday in April since 1939, members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) perform a one-day census of all birds in their territory. Both experienced and novice birders participate.

Along with the Ontario Field Ornithologists, the Cattaraugus Bird Club, and the Allegheny Bird Club, the Audubon Community Nature Center is supporting this ambitious effort to count as many birds as possible on one day.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, April 9.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

There is a section compiler for each of the 28 sections in the four-county BOS territory. These compilers assign areas within each section to parties of birders who count all of the birds in that area on the count day. The section compilers report their results to the April count compiler who totals up all of the observations, writes a report, and makes a presentation at a monthly meeting.

To be put in touch with the compiler for your area and assigned a count area, by Tuesday, March 28, contact Audubon Community Nature Center President Ruth Lundin at (716) 569-2345 or rlundin@auduboncnc.org.

In addition to providing a fun day of birding, the count generates data which makes a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations. The April count results along with those of the May and October counts have been presented at annual meetings of New York State Ornithological Society and published in The Kingbird.

For more information on the BOS, visit www.buffaloornithologicalsociety.org.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.  The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.  

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit www.auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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