Whitehall, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) will celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park on Sunday, February 17 at 10:30am.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count uses public observation to reveal the “big picture” about what is happening to bird population numbers across the globe. It is a feat no team of scientists could hope to accomplish alone.
Join park staff for an approximate four-mile hike along the park road to see what birds call the park home this winter. Participants will meet at the Main Visitor Center near the park entrance at 10:30. The walk will last 2-3 hours dress for variable winter conditions, wear solid walking footwear and bring your binoculars. Participants may also bring a snack, water, and a camera. Whether an avid birder or a complete novice, your participation in this event will contribute to a global effort to create of an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds!
What began as the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds now attracts over 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide to join the four-day count each February. This is the third year Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park has participated. Across the event last year, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 100 countries counted more than 6,400 species of birds on more than 180,000 checklists.
For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 287-3541.
What: Guided Walk for the Great Backyard Bird Count
When: Sunday, February 17, 10:30 AM
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 most decorative 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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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park