Great Backyard Bird Count

Love to watch birds? Stop by for 15 minutes or sit a spell during a free public birding event which will take place at the Ernie Miller Nature Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. This will be the fifth time the local nature center is participating in the nationwide birding event, which is now in its 15th year. The event is called the Great Backyard Bird Count and will take place from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the comfort of the Wildlife Viewing Room at the nature center located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants can learn about birds which spend their winters in northeast Kansas from experienced birders with the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City. Likely candidates for viewing include northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, American goldfinches, red-tailed hawks, and more. No reservations or registration is required for this event. More information on the national count can be found at www.birdcount.org. For more information on the local event contact the nature center at (913) 764-7759. Perform a catalog search for the keyword "birds" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings. The nature center also continues to seek donations of supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders. Among the items being sought are: black oil sunflower seed, white millet, thistle, or safflower seed (no seed mixes, please), raw unsalted peanuts shelled or unshelled, suet cakes, and dried seed corn on the cob.

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