This coming weekend, we’ll be taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, and CSA members are invited to join us. This fantastic event is a joint effort by various organizations to crowd-source data on wild bird populations across the country; last year over 100,000 checklists were submitted with over 17 million birds counted. It’s a great chance for outdoors enthusiasts of any birding skill level to enjoy a morning on the farm and take part in some worthwhile citizen science. We hope some members can join us; details below.
We’ll be keeping checklists for the entire period (2/15-18) but invite members to join us on Saturday morning. If you’re new at this, we’ll help you learn more about basic birding & identification; if you’re a serious birder you can help us seek out unusual species. We’ll be hiking all over the farm, including the back woods, as well as watching/counting birds at our feeder while warming up with tea, snacks, and wood stove. We’ll officially start around 9 am, but will likely be going on a dawn loop as well. Please plan to arrive at 9 am to join our group, or let us know if you’d like to join us at dawn; RSVP either way. This will be a great opportunity to experience and appreciate some of the farm’s biodiversity, and we hope some hardy souls will join us.