HAMMOND | The annual Big May Day Bird Count is one of the most popular birding events nationwide. It is a true marathon of birding that challenges the beginner as well as the most experienced.
Birders will be out in force Saturday throughout Lake County and the rest of the state to record as many species as possible. Each team will visit as many different habitats as they can to increase their chances of finding more species than last year and break their own county record.
Attend a pre-count meeting on at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave., to learn about locations and assignments. Call (219) 844-3188 for more information.
The objective of the bird count is to count the number of birds of each species occurring in a participating county area in a 24-hour period on the second Saturday in May. This data snapshot provides a valuable scientific record of the bird populations occurring each year in Indiana. The results will be compiled, analyzed, and published in the Indiana Audubon Quarterly.
More counters are needed to cover areas in Lake County, including the Lake County parks. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are encouraged to participate, and can be teamed up with more experienced birders. Feeder watchers are also needed for those who prefer armchair birding.