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The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 18-21 at Blackwater Falls State Park

February 18, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be conducted today through Monday, and Blackwater Falls State Park near Davis will be participating.

"It creates an instant snapshot of birdlife across the U.S. and Canada for all to see," said Park Naturalist Paulita Cousin. "Anyone can help by tallying birds for at least 15 minutes on any day of the count."

During this weekend, anyone can count birds wherever you are, including in your backyard, off your balcony, or at state parks such as Blackwater Falls. Birdwatchers report the highest number of each species seen at any one time and watch as the tallies grow across the continent.

Coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Bird Studies Canada, the count typically records more than 10 million observations.

Counts are reported and shared on

Cousin has birding activities planned for the weekend to coincide with the annual Great Backyard birding event.

There is no charge to participate in these activities.

For more information, including bird identification tips, instructions, and past results, visit

The count also includes a photo contest. The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited.

For more information about Blackwater Falls or West Virginia's other state parks and state forests, visit Contact Blackwater Falls at 304-259-5216 for bird watching and other outdoor activities.



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