Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature enthusiasts to join the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count.
The count, Feb. 15-18, is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
It is an opportunity to make an important contribution to natural conservation.
Bird counters across the nation contribute to scientist’s knowledge about the occurrence and abundance of birds in winter and the importance of private lands to wildlife.
But last year, just a handful of counters participated from Pike County. Wouldn’t it be fun to get more participation this year?
In 2012,there were 13 checklists submitted to the program from Milford,11 fro Lord’s Valley, two from Shohola and one from Tamiment in Bushkill.
The goldfinch, dark-eyed junco and tufted titmouse were among the most commonly sighted birds in Pike. There were also many turkeys, hawks, crows and even eagles.
In 2012, observers reported 17.4 million birds of 600 species in the United States and Canada. These records represent 104,000 checklists.
Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one day of the event and report their sightings.