Do you have an interest in birds? Can you identify most of those that visit your backyard?
Would you like to have the chance to see many new and different species in a single day in the company of an experienced birder?
We are seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 4th, to join a day-long Spring Bird Count project in Jo Daviess County. You will have the opportunity to be teamed with experienced birders and learn about the hundreds of species that migrate through our area each spring while you travel the scenic back roads of Jo Daviess County.
Spring Bird Count (SBC) is an annual citizen-science event that brings together birders from every county in every state across the country. It is particularly interesting in Jo Daviess County because of our location on the Mississippi Flyway. More than 325 bird species make the round-trip each year along the Mississippi Flyway, from their breeding grounds in Canada and the northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America. It is the busiest migration corridor in North America.
What will you do? As a member of a 3 to 4-person team, you will drive and walk your assigned territory from early morning to late afternoon. Armed with binoculars, a map, and a clipboard, your team will identify, count, and tally every bird you see or hear. At the end of the day all teams gather to report on their findings, share stories, libations, and a potluck meal.