Animal Research

Howard County naturalist sees global bird count as a chance for citizen scientists to stretch their wings

Howard County naturalist sees global bird count as a chance for citizen scientists to stretch their wings

The Great Backyard Bird Count is just around the corner, and Woody Merkle is hoping to motivate nature lovers to take part in this global citizen-science project.

The mammoth effort to create a detailed snapshot of the world’s bird population will take place for four days starting Feb. 16, and anyone can participate said Merkle, a volunteer naturalist who will lead a free introductory program Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

“This isn’t a precise, scientific study, but it does give scientists insight,” he said of the annual effort that regularly attracts 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life.

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