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2/17 Preparing for Great Backyard Bird Count

Rudolph Jacob Camerarius born (1665)
On this date in 1665, Rudolph Jacob Camerarius was born.  Camerius was the first botanist to demonstrate the importance of pollen in the formation of plant seeds.

Getting prepared for the Great Backyard Bird Count (February 18 – 21, 2011)

Daily Resource for Parents and Teachers:
More than 200,000 people contribute to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science projects each year, gathering data on a vast scale once unimaginable. Each day, bird watchers report tens of thousands of bird observations to citizen-science projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, contributing to the world’s most dynamic and powerful source of information on birds.  Scientists use these data to determine how birds are affected by habitat loss, pollution, and disease. They trace bird migration and document long-term changes in bird numbers continentwide. The results have been used to create management guidelines for birds, investigate the effects of acid rain and climate change, and advocate for the protection of declining species. If you enjoy watching birds, we need your help, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned birder. Participating can take as little or as much time as you want—you decide! We invite you to be a part of our community and get started with a citizen-science project today.

Daily Resources for kids (and everyone else):
The Cornell Lab for Ornithology Birding Basics site has  information on identifying nearly 600North American species of birds, information on attracting birds, and becoming a better birdwatcher.

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