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The Great Backyard Bird Count Flies to Queens! Queens Botanical Garden and Local Residents Eye the Skies in National Bird Count
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:    
Shari Romar – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 213
sromar@queensbotanical.org

Flushing, NY – January, 2013 – On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:30am, Queens Botanical Garden will welcome local residents to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a census of birds conducted every year by bird-lovers at sites across the country.  For the first time, this joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society will also be a worldwide ecological survey.   

Why count birds in midwinter?  The GBBC provides important data on how winter snowfall and temperatures affect bird populations, migration patterns and differences in bird diversity in various regions. Bird species and numbers will be added to a database that will allow scientists to track migrations and populations and then make informed conservation decisions.  

You can count birds anywhere for as little as 15 minutes, anytime during the weekend, or you can join us and be surprised at how many species we are able to see in the middle of winter.   Over 50 species of birds have been spotted at Queens Botanical Garden including Red-tailed Hawks, American Robins, and Ring-necked Pheasants.  Led by QBG staffer and birding enthusiast Shari Romar, this family-friendly counting event will be half nature walk and half scavenger hunt, and the results of the count will be added to those submitted from across the continent.

This event is free but registration is required.  For more information or to register for the Great Backyard Bird Count, call (718) 886-3800, ext. 213 or email Shari Romar at sromar@queensbotanical.org.  For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, please visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc

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Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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