COLUMBIA — The international Great Backyard Bird Count weekend will culminate Saturday morning in the bird-watcher's equivalent of a pub crawl.
Veteran and first-time bird-watchers will tally Columbia's fowls during the Neighborhood Feeder Crawl. Participants will "crawl" to five feeder locations around town, said Bill Mees, president of the Columbia Audubon Association, which is coordinating the event.
What: Feeder Crawl around Columbia to celebrate the International Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend
When: 8 a.m. until noon Saturday
Where: The songbird station at 2010 Chapel Plaza Court
Other info: Organizers encourage participants to bring binoculars and cameras. No reservation is required
Contact: Kevin Wehner, 815-0352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for beginners:
Birds of Missouri: Descriptions, pictures and sounds.
The excursion is free and open to anyone, regardless of bird-watching experience. Group organizers and participants will convene at 8 a.m. Saturday at the first outpost, the Songbird Station, at 2010 Chapel Plaza Court. No reservation is required.
Newcomers can benefit from the knowledge of more experienced birders, Mees said, although the event is more about fun than orthography. "All you need to know, really, is: Is that a bird or a dog?"
Volunteers will distribute maps to watchers. Participants will have 15 minutes at each stop to count and photograph the birds, Mees said.
The Columbia Audubon Society typically hosts about two or three outings a month, member Susan Schabilion said.
Last April, the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count weekend went global for the first time. More than 100 countries were represented in the inaugural international count, according to last year's count report.
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