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Great Backyard Bird Count at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park -Saturday, February 17 from 1-3pm

(Ulm, MT) –Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host the Great Backyard Bird Count at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park on Saturday, February 17 from 1-3pm.

Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count of 2018. What is the Great Backyard Bird Count? It helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society lean more about how birds are doing and how to protect them in the environment we share. This guided hike is the perfect opportunity to learn how to bird watch, identify them, and to contribute to the bird count.

Participants will meet at the visitor center for a presentation on the type of birds found in the area and how to record them, then venture out into the park to start recording. This event is open to all ages and participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Cameras and binoculars are recommended, but not required.

For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 866-2217.

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Last year, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,200 species of birds on more than 180,000 checklists!

There are no fees for the event, but donations are welcome.  We are in our winter hours of operation which is October 1st through March 31st, Wed-Sat 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM.  Admission to the park for Montana residents is free.  Non-residents pay $4.00 for walk-in entry or $6.00 per vehicle.

What:  Great Backyard Bird Count

When:  Saturday, February 17 from 1-3pm

Where: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park; located 10 miles south of Great Falls on I-15, take Ulm exit, then 3.5 miles North-west on paved county road.
http://stateparks.mt.gov/first-peoples-buffalo-jump/

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Contact:

Becky Boyers
AmeriCorps Service Member,
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
(406) 866-2217
Rebecca.Boyers@mt.gov


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