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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

Updates for birders

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Help count the birds

Bird-lovers are wanted to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12-15. 

The count is an annual effort to help researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about bird populations.  Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes — or as long as desired — on one or more days before reporting sightings at www.birdcount.org. 

Last year, more than 140,000 participants submitted observations, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. 

 

Bird photos sought

Bird photographers have an invitation to strut their stuff with entry to the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards. 

Winners will receive cash prizes up to $5,000 — with a special trip to Hog Island in Maine for the top youth photographer — and winning photos will receive prominent publication. Feb. 19 deadline. www.audubon.org/photoawards.

 

All about owls

Owls will get the spotlight at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

“Nightwatchers: Looking at Owls in Western N.C.” will be presented by birder John Sill, discussing owl biology with an emphasis on local owls and where to find them. Bring a field guide if you have one. 

Part of the Franklin Bird Club’s regular meeting. 828.524.5234.

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