Helped Needed For Great Backyard Bird Count - WBAY

Helped Needed For Great Backyard Bird Count

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Avid bird watchers, get your binoculars ready!

Scientists need your help this weekend to track what kinds of birds are living in the area.

It's called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Cynthia Bayless is a self-described nature lover.

"There's another Downey woodpecker and there's another one on the tree," said Bayless pointing out the window.

She's a member of the Bay Area Bird Club and has participated in the Great Backyard Bird Club for several years at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

"You never know what you might see. So, that's what I think is kind of fun about it," added Bayless.

But, you don't have to be an expert to do it.

"It's very easy because I think everyone knows the cardinal, the chickadee, the simple birds," explained Bayless.

You can do it from right inside your house, looking out the window.

You can even use things like binoculars to see the birds better.

Then all you do is write down the different species and how many.

You then submit that information online and scientists will study it.

 "So, it really can give them insight into how birds are changing their behavior, climate change and numbers. Is a bird getting rarer or more common?" said Mike Reed, director of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

That information gives scientists clues about what's going on in the environment.

"If a particular species is becoming rarer and rarer, that indicates something negatively is happening in the environment," explained Reed.

The count lasts through Sunday.

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