NEWTOWN SQUARE – Newtown Township’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is hosting a free workshop, “The Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop”, on February 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Room A117 at the Marple Newtown Senior High School, 120 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square.
Steven Saffier from Audubon PA will lead the workshop reviewing how and why residents can engage in “The Great Backyard Bird Count” (GBBC) in their own backyard. The international GBBC is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts.
The 21st annual GBBC will be held around the world Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.
Steven Saffier has worked for the National Audubon society since 2003 and at its state office in Pennsylvania since 2007. He currently serves at the Program Manager for Bird-Friendly Communities which emphasizes the use of native plants in creating a nationwide bird sanctuary. Steven also helped develop the national Audubon At Home initiative which aimed to introduce the natural world one could find in their backyard, schoolyard or other property and how to enhance it for birds.
Newtown Township is an Audubon PA designated Bird Town and is in the Audubon Important Bird Area.