The public is invited to bring family, friends, binoculars, and field guide books to Fort Clatsop and participate in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages birders of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the globe.
Anyone can participate, from beginning birders to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It's fun and easy—and it helps the birds. The count, an international event created and sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, lets citizen scientists contribute checklists online at www.birdcount.org.
From Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18, visitors to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop can learn about the bird count, observe and record bird numbers in the park and make plans to count birds in their own backyards. Binoculars as well as birding and art daypacks will be available for loan within the park during this event.
Along with the actual bird counting activities, the weekend includes several bird-related opportunities. A "pink heron scavenger hunt" will be on-going using the Netul River Trail along the Lewis and Clark River. A "Birds of Fort Clatsop" display is in the visitor center lobby.
On Sunday, February 17, Wildlife Center of the North Coast staff will share about on their work and the birds that they help at 1:00 p.m. in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. This In Their Footsteps program will also feature some feathered guests.
Park hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 per adult and free for youth 15 years old and under. There is no extra fee to participate in any of the activities associated with the Great Backyard Bird Count. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted. A variety of bird field guides are available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center or at http://fortclatsopbookstore.com.