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Annual Great Backyard Bird Count for Cornell University

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Where Have All the Birds Gone?  How Are They Surviving Winter ?

Rough-legged hawks, chickadees, robins, and numerous others observed during past counts at West Hill Dam.     Past Counts- Nationwide over 11 million birds.  
Join your Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park volunteers and West Hill Team . . . come explore how winter resident and migrants are surviving.  Unfrozen sections of rivers and ponds attract birds in the winter as they seek water.  Join us at West Hill Dam on Sunday February 18, 2018, at 10:00am (rain or heavy snow come on 24 February- Saturday @ 10:00am).   Meet at the office located at 518 East Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge, MA.   Help collect data for the Annual Backyard Bird Count.  Explore various habitats and the birds that migrate or make their home in the pine groves, marshes, and riparian (river) habitats of West Hill Dam.  Participants should dress for the weather, be prepared to hike about a mile to the various sites, snow shoes or deep snow boots are recommended.  All are welcome to bring binoculars, pack a snack and water.  We will review our observations over warm beverages while supplies last.   In event of heavy snow or rain, alternate date February 24th at 10:00am.   Junior Rangers Level 2 –earn wildlife credit.  Scout Troops, home schooled students welcomed (merit badge requirements).  Youth under the age of 18 please bring an adult.  For more information please call Park Ranger Viola at (978) 318-8417.   Observations help researchers determine species decline and migration patterns. Thank you for taking Pride in America’s Wildlife !