Count your feathered friends

02/14/2013 11:48 AM

02/14/2013 12:18 PM

Little scientists are needed to join a citizen science bird count. Lucky ducks can count birds and contribute findings to an important international study which investigates trends in bird populations, migrations, habitat and more, during Charlotte Nature Museum’s February Creature Feature the Great Backyard Bird Count, Saturday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event engages people across the country in an effort to count birds in their local communities which helps create a snapshot of the current international bird population. Data collected informs scientists about climate change and how the winter season has impacted bird populations, what bird species are migrating or overwintering in Charlotte and where species seem to gather to seek food sources.

Kids can go out on a limb with special activities including story time featuring titles “All Night Near the Water” by Jim Aronsky, “Ducks Fly” by Lydia Dabcovich and “Robins in the Garden” by Olivia L. Earle. Make sure to check out the interactive Puppet Show, The Shadow Knows and stop by Trails End Store to flutter over several new birding books.

Creature Features, supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Creature Feature activities are free with Museum admission. Admission: $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two and Members are free. Parking is free.

Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. Hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.; and closed on Monday.

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