Backyard Bird Count set in Elkins

ELKINS — Community members are welcome to join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps program for the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

No experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a way to get started with birding. Experienced birders will be on hand to guide participants, as well as a few pairs of binoculars and guidebooks to borrow. Attendees are asked to bring weather-appropriate gear and binoculars if they have them. This event is set from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Glendale Park in Elkins. It is free and open to the public; children are welcome.

Each year tens of thousands of people worldwide submit checklists reporting millions of birds across the globe. This information provides a long-term record of how bird populations may be changing over time. Each participant’s observations are important because no single scientist or team of scientists could hope to capture so much information about birds around the world in such a short time.

More information about the Great Backyard Bird Count is available by visiting Additional information on the Bird Count in Elkins is available by contacting Julia Fregonara, AFHA AmeriCorps Member, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service West Virginia Field Office, at 304-636-6586, ext. 25, or julia–

About the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The agency is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information, visit

About AFHA AmeriCorps: Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is a regional initiative to promote heritage tourism, conservation and education based on forest heritage. The AFHA AmeriCorps members work on a variety of community projects relating to heritage development, conservation and historic preservation. Information is available on the website

AFHA AmeriCorps is funded in part by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service and by the Corporation for National and Community Service.