Environmental Programs to Host the Great Backyard Bird Count

Monday, February 11, 2013

Westminster College's Environmental Programs will host the Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16 at the Nature Center at 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road, New Wilmington.

A bird walk for beginners is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for children and parents who want to learn tips for bird watching and explore birds along with other fun activities.

A bird walk for adults is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Join novice and expert bird watchers on a guided walk, learn bird ID skills, and report species counts for international research. A limited number of binoculars will be available for participants, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own.

The bird walks are part of the 16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), sponsored by Audubon, and takes place Feb. 15-18.

According to Audubon, "The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages to create a real-time snapshot of winter bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online."

Sightings can be recorded here.

Contact Leslie Watson at (724) 946-6279 for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Record Sightings Here