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Great Backyard Bird Count Recap
On Feb 16th, Citizens For Conservation held the Great Backyard Bird Count on a blustery and snowy day. After leaders gave a brief description of the global bird count, children and caregivers inside of the Citizens Park Pavilion saw their first bird, a red- tailed hawk. Equipped with binoculars and clipboards to tally their birds, everyone began hiking when another red-tailed hawk appeared and circled above with its mate.
During the one-mile hike, participants saw mallard ducks, Canada geese, black-capped chickadees, cardinals, robins, mourning doves, a crow, blackbirds, a third red-tailed hawk, a woodpecker, a cedar waxwing, and house sparrows for a total of twelve species and 151 birds.
Once back inside the warm pavilion, everyone thawed with a warm hot chocolate, and local clay artist Liz Zwiener taught the children how to make a clay bird nest and bird. Caregivers and volunteers quickly noted that there were many creative and talented children making beautifully sculpted nests and birds.
A special thanks to Prairie Woods Audubon Society for providing the ever-popular (with both children and caregivers), Audubon Adventures activity sheets. In addition, thank you to Lake Zurich Jewel – Osco for their generous contribution of the hot chocolate mix. Photos courtesy of Tom Benjamin.
Citizens for Conservation offers private and public year-round educational opportunities. To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 847- 382-SAVE (7283) or visit http://www.citizensforconservation.org/youth-education/.