Eyes on the Skies: North Carolina Bird Count Event at Aquarium

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Eyes on the Skies: North Carolina Bird Count Event at Aquarium

 

Kure Beach, North Carolina —All eyes will be on Song sparrow Science Across North Carolinathe skies Saturday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the North Carolina Bird Count special event at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The Aquarium joins a collaboration of 32 organizations across the state in this exciting time for anyone and everyone to help scientists gather information on birds in the state.

The North Carolina Bird Count is organized by The North Carolina Arboretum and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

“Birds are important species to observe, because healthy habitats for birds are also healthy homes for many other animals. Birds are also fun to watch, because they are usually easy to find and active throughout the year,” said Andy Gould, education curator, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Anyone can participate in the count, and it takes only a few steps to get plugged into the action. The first step is to visit www.ebird.org to get started and set up a free eBird account from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Then, at scienceacrossnc.org participants can also find information on in-person or virtual instructional courses on how to observe, record and upload their bird photos. Then, it’s just a matter of visiting a favorite spot to watch birds and enter the information into the app. Bird counters can even earn an NC Bird Count badge.

“The information we collect during the bird count is a big help in the study of bird habitats, migration patterns and other data that helps the conservation of birds, and we want as many people to participate as we can get,” said Jonathan Marchal, one of the event organizers and Director of Education at the North Carolina Arboretum. “The North Carolina Bird Count is an amazing way for people to experience the natural world happening in their own neighborhood.”

Visit Bird Count 2022 for more information or contact Morgan Freese, virtual programs coordinator, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher or call 910-772-0560.

While at the Aquarium, visitors will also find immersive experiences including the Asian small-clawed otters, a couple of alligators and a touch habitat with horseshoe crabs and sting rays.  Reservations and masks are required.

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