Date: February 7, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Ladd, 516-922-4788
On Saturday, February 15, come celebrate Theodore Roosevelt's love of birds by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.
The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will begin indoors at the Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard. Participants will learn about using binoculars and field guides, and about basic bird identification techniques and some commonly seen local birds. Weather permitting, the talk will be followed by a nature walk to see and hear birds in their natural habitats. Data gathered during the walk will be entered into the Great Backyard Bird Count website, and attendees will learn how to submit their own observations at home.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a bird field guide. Anyone with an interest in birds is welcome and no previous experience in birding is necessary. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for a moderate winter hike along steep woodland paths.
The annual Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. People across the country can participate by recording the types and numbers of birds that they see in their own backyards. Thousands of citizen scientists worldwide provide valuable contributions like these to scientific research about bird populations and critical issues affecting birds.
Did You Know?
Theodore Roosevelt decided not to complete his studies at Columbia University’s School of Law once he was elected, at age 23, to the New York State Assembly in November 1881. At the time, he was the state’s youngest assemblyman and eager to join “the governing class.”