Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will host the Great American Bird Count at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park on Saturday, February 17 at 10:30am.
Scientists can learn a lot by tracking birds such as migration patterns and population health, even weather and climate change. Here is your chance to help them. Join park staff for a short hike to record the number and types of birds that call the park home during winter. The hike will meet at the Main Visitor Center near the park entrance and last 2-3 hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy footwear and bring your binoculars. Snacks, water and a camera are also recommended.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Last year, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,200 species of birds on more than 180,000 checklists!
For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 287-3541.
What: Great Backyard Bird Count
When: Saturday, February 17 at 10:30am
Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT
From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.
From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.
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